Pilates Exercises and Rehabilitation
Develops a strong core
Pilate’s exercises develops a strong “core,” or center of the body. The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. These exercises develop core control, integrating the trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle.
Builds long muscles and flexible joints
Conventional workouts tend to build short, bulky muscles – the type most prone to injury. Pilates elongates and strengthens, developing muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured.
Creates an evenly conditioned body
Conventional workouts usually result in muscular imbalance – a primary cause of injury and chronic back pain. Pilates conditions the whole body, focusing on the “core” muscles where most of us are weak. No muscle group is overtrained or undertrained. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease and less chance of injury.
Trains efficient patterns of motion
Pilate’s exercises train several muscle groups at once in smooth, continuous movements. By developing proper technique, you can actually re-train your body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion – invaluable for injury recovery, sports performance, good posture and optimal health.
Improves the mind-body connection
Pilates gets your mind in tune with your body. By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and complete concentration on smooth, flowing movement, you become acutely aware of how your body feels, where it is in space, and how to control its movement. The quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Proper breathing is essential. Correct breathing helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency. Last but not least, learning to breathe properly can reduce stress.
One of the safest workouts you can use
No other exercise system is so gentle to your body while giving it a challenging workout. Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low impact and partially weight bearing. Pilates is so safe, it is used in our clinic to rehabilitate injuries.