What does Pilates do for your body?
Updated: Aug 19, 2020
Unlike some forms of exercise, Pilates does not over-develop certain parts of the body and neglect others. While Pilates training focuses on core strength it trains the body as an integrated whole. It is all about balance and strength.
Whether you are a senior just starting to exercise, an elite athlete, or somewhere in between, the foundations of Pilates movement apply to you. Building from core strength, focusing on proper alignment, and a body/mind integrative approach make Pilates accessible to all.
With thousands of possible exercises and modifications, Pilates workouts can be tailored to individual needs. You can modify an exercise to suit a fitness level and even tailor to specific considerations like pregnancy, bad backs etc.
The core muscles of the body are the deep muscles of the back, abdomen, and pelvic floor. We rely on these muscles to support a strong, supple back, good posture, and efficient movement patterns.
When our core is strong, the frame of the body is supported. Our neck and shoulders can relax, and the rest of our muscles and joints are free to do their jobs. This means a correct posture and less chance of back, neck and shoulder problems.
There are many ways to learn Pilates but first start in a class with a qualified instructor. The importance here is in the accuracy and correct control of the movements and exercises. Also a teacher can help you with the correct kind of exercise for any pre-existing conditions and start with the fundamentals of pilates practise.