Pilates (puh-LAH-teez) is a system of exercises named after Joseph Pilates, its creator. Joseph was a boxer and gymnast who also studied yoga and martial arts. His exercises encompass over 500 controlled, precise movements performed on a floor mat or special apparatus. Pilates exercises are designed to strengthen the muscles in an lengthened state, therefore not adding bulk to the muscle. Pilates initially gained popularity with dancers, celebrities and elite athletes; we now understand Pilates to be very beneficial for those with acute injuries, chronic pain conditions, post surgery recovery and the more mature population (just to name a few).
Pilates is for all ages and all fitness levels. It’s for bodies needing rehabilitation for injuries and surgeries, for those with chronic back pain, for those with neurological conditions and for those who are pregnant or post natal. Pilates workouts can be individualized to meet the client’s specific needs. The practice of Pilates gives the client knowledge of the body functions in terms of muscles, but more importantly of the skeletal system and its alignment.
Much has been written regarding the large number of modern woes faced by humans in daily life due to sedentary lifestyles. This lifestyle leads to disease and results in imbalances throughout the musculoskeletal system. Some of the problems include:
- Habits and routine movements lead to the over-use of some of the muscles in our bodies, while others are under used, ultimately causing injury due to the faulty movement patterns.
- Depression and stress can pull down posture and negatively affect our movement.
- Improper training programs worsen muscle imbalances.
- 80% of the industrialized world will suffer from low back pain at some time in their life.
The result of these factors is that our bodies forget how to move correctly. The ability to perceive movement properly is lost and then dysfunction occurs. The brain recognizes movement patterns, not muscles or muscle groups and these basic patterns of movement build sequentially, beginning in infancy and developing throughout childhood.
Unfortunately, along the way to adulthood, things go wrong and inefficient movement patterns replace healthy patterns. Pilates is a wonderful answer; providing a workout that will strengthen and stretch muscles, restore muscle balance, encourage movement efficiency, and build endurance.
The answer lies in words often repeated in the classical Pilates world: “Change happens through movement and movement heals.”
Body Balance teaches mostly the classical method also known as the east-coast style.
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It varies depending on the class but no more than eight at a time.
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