Pilates is simply-Strength and flexibility with control. Introduced by Joseph Pilates from Germany. He developed a system of exercises which were intended a system of exercises which were intended to strengthen the human mind and body. Pilates believed that mental and physical health was interrelated.
6 Principles of Integrative Mind-Body-Spirit Approach of Pilates:
- Centring- focus to centre of body, power house area between lower ribs and pubic bone.
- Concentration –Attention to the exercise
- Control- Done with complete muscular control. It is all a conscious, deliberate movement that the mind is controlling.
- Precision- Appropriate placement, alignment relative to other body parts and trajectory for each part of the body.
- Breathe- Using a very full breath in coordination with the exercises.
- Flow- Fluidity, grace and ease are goals applied to all exercises. The energy of an exercise connects all body part and flow through the body in an even way.
Benefits: Mind-Body-Fitness can dramatically transform the way your body looks, feels and performs. The body heals most effectively movement is anatomically sound and balanced. Our program stimulates core stability muscles while performing functional exercises and graduated aerobics in PT and Rehab settings. It can even help alleviate back pain. Regular Pilates can improve posture, muscle tone, and joint mobility as well as relieve stress and tension. For elite athletes including dancers Pilates can complement training by developing while – and body strength and flexibility and help reduce the risk of injury. These results are created by using controlled “core –based” movements to increase flexibility, endurance and build strength.
Pilates Health Physiotherapy is a professional assessment management and exercise programme based in the Pilates tradition. It’s about learning better postures, relearning better breathing patterns, discovering the art of relaxation, improving body awareness and how to improve the quality of your movement. Movement helps us to maintain a healthy cardiovascular systems, in turn, keeps all our organs healthy, not the least of which is our brain. A healthy and active gives us the motivation to work, learn and engage in our surroundings and with others.
Combination of both physiotherapy and Pilates they have less pain and an increase of overall strength and conditioning , focus on posture , core stability , strength , balance, control and breathing.
STOTT Pilates incorporates modern exercise principles, including contemporary thinking about spinal rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement .Exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints, placing more emphasis on scapular stabilization. Core strength is the foundation of Pilates exercise. As you develop your core strength you develop stability throughout your entire torso. It helps to overcome back pain. It’s used by rehab and prenatal clients, athletes, celebrities and everyone in between.
Poor posture forms as a result of bad habit such as slouching at your desk and chair which can eventually cause backache, neck ache, headache, etc. The bad habits will result in asymmetrical muscles development, where some muscles become weaker than others. Pilates can help to strengthen those underdeveloped muscles and get rid of bad posture. Helps to cut down on body fat and lower cholesterol levels , lower blood pressure, reduces insomnia, fear of falling for elderly , improve lung function and capacity and assists with recovery from injuries
This is naturally ideal for those who cannot want to take part in high-impact sports and exercise .It doesn’t matter if you are young or old , fit or out of shape, flexible or not , Pilates is one of handful of exercise which can benefit everyone.
Improves your mental performance as it pushes you to focus on your body, full breathing and how they all work and move together. Many sportsmen and women find that their body are misaligned due to the one sided nature of certain sports e.g. – swinging a tennis racket or golf clubs.
Pilates exercises corrects spinal alignment during pregnancy and child birth, strengthened pelvic floor muscles and help to recover and return your pre-pregnancy body. It is good for weight loss. The elongation and stretching of your muscles are more likely to promote a lean, tall body.