Pilates is an innovative system of mind-body exercise first developed by Joseph Pilates (1883-1967). The entire Pilates philosophy stems from the Roman motto “Mens sana in corpore sano,” or, “A sound mind in a sound body.”
Pilates is often referred to as the “thinking person’s” exercise of choice. You learn the value of paying attention to what you are doing to maximize the benefits of each exercise. What people quickly discover is that awareness and mental focus make the Pilates experience a truly effective, safe and deeply-felt exercise program. Many report feeling stronger almost immediately – especially in midriff, and notice that their overall flexibility is better. As a result, posture improves, and aches and pains virtually disappear. No worries though, if you don't feel something happening right away, trust the process and time will tell!
At BODY HARMONICS we always approach Pilates as a system of exercise for the whole body. Postural symmetry, core control to facilitate optimal movement of the spine, hips and shoulders, muscular flexibility, joint mobility and strengthening through the complete range of motion of all joints are incorporated into every exercise. Instead of isolating muscle groups, the whole body is trained, integrating the upper and lower extremities in every plane.
Main apparatus used include: Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Springboard, Barrels, Resistance Props, Balance Props.
Pilates exercises develop a strong “core,” or center of the body. The core consists of more than 20 muscles and includes the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. Control of the core is achieved by integrating the trunk, hips and shoulders so you move with ease and power. In other words, the core is much more than just your abdominals!
Conventional workouts tend to build short, bulky muscles - the type most prone to injury. Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. The result is a body with balanced strength and flexibility that is less likely to be injured.
Pilates exercises train several muscle groups at once through 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.
No other exercise system is as gentle to your body while making it strong and resilient, lean and flexible. At BODY HARMONICS we believe in pushing the Pilates envelop so the repertoire becomes versatile for almost anything from rehabilitation to sports conditioning.
In conventional workouts, weak muscles tend to get weaker and strong muscles tend to get stronger. The result is muscular imbalance - a primary cause of injury and chronic back pain. Pilates conditions the whole body, even the ankles and feet. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease and less chance of injury.
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. Proper breathing helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency, and also helps to reduce stress.
Modifications to the exercises allow for a range of difficulty from beginner to more advanced. The beauty of Pilates is that you can get the workout that best suits you now, and increase the intensity as your body conditioning improves.