The PILATES Method
“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.” Joseph Pilates
What is Pilates?
The PILATES method is a form of exercise that uses precise, controlled, and balanced movement initiated from the core muscles (see below) accompanied by breath, requiring mind body awareness. Benefits include increased muscle tone and flexibility, increased joint range of motion through the execution of an eccentric contraction, stabilizing the muscles that surround each joint, and optimal core strength.
In Layman’s terms, Pilates delivers long, lean, attractive muscles with abs so tight people will think you’re wearing a corset under your clothes. And you’ll feel good too! Unlike traditional weight machines, after using the Pilates equipment, you will have minimal soreness and tightness and will feel invigorated rather than exhausted after a workout.
Pilates builds a solid foundation in correct posture providing efficiency of movement that carries on into activities of daily living through the focused development of core muscles which include:
- Abdominal muscle group (rectus abdominis, internal obliques, external obliques, and transverse abdominals),
- Back muscles that support the spine (erector spinae and multifidus muscles),
- Iliopsoas, Butt muscle group (gluteus medius, gluteus minimus, and gluteus maximus),
- Periformis muscle (the only rotator that attaches the sacrum and pelvis),
- Hip flexors (psoas major, iliacus, rectus femoris, pectineus, and sartorius),
- Hamstring muscles (semitendinosus, semimembranosus, biceps femoris),
- Inner thighs (pectineus, adductor brevis, adductor magnus, adductor longus, and gracilis),
- Pelvic floor muscles
Who can do Pilates?
The beauty of Pilates is that the exercises are tailored to the specific needs of the client, regardless of circumstance (in most cases). AM Pilates & Posture studio has seen clients with the following conditions:
- neurological disorders such as ALS (Lough Gehrig’s disease) and Multiple Sclerosis, and
- clients who have been in accidents causing neurological dysfunction.
- Clients with osteoporosis, arthritis, and fibro myalgia have found strength physically and mentally through practicing the Pilates method.
Where does the name Pilates come from?
Joseph Pilates (a man),the founder of this timeless method, developed what he called ‘contrology’ in the 1920’s for WWI veterans in need of physical therapy. Using spare bed springs as a source of resistance, Joseph Pilates designed specific exercises and a theory of movement to help strengthen and rehabilitate bedridden soldiers. He later refined his method and opened his studio in New York City.
In the words of Joseph Pilates:
“In 10 sessions, you’ll feel the difference, in 20, you’ll see the difference;
and in 30, you’ll have a whole new body.”
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