The Pilates method of exercise is a revolutionary way to lifelong fitness and mindful health. Developed well over 90 years ago by Joseph H. Pilates, this discipline has steadily gained popularity – simply because it works.
The benefits of Pilates are numerous to say the least. What can you expect to gain from consistent Pilates practice?
- A strong powerhouse
- Increased flexibility
- A sculpted and toned body
- Improved balance, posture and alignment
- Reduced pain and spinal mobility
- Overall muscular strength without bulk
- Strong bones and joint mobility
- Reduce tension in the neck and shoulders
- Protection against injury
- Improved athletic performance regardless of your sport
- Relaxation and reduced stress
Discover the many benefits of Pilates as Marie Schneider, the founder of Pilates of Old Town, is interviewed by Chiropractor Raymond Bunch
How does Pilates work?
Unlike traditional exercise which tends to encourage work on muscle groups that are already strong, Pilates works from within to strengthen the “powerhouse” and a strong powerhouse gives the body a strong center of support. Pilates stretches and strengthens all of the major muscle groups without neglecting the smaller weaker muscles, thus correcting and bringing the body back into balance.
Pilates for Anti-Aging
Overall stiffness and lack of fluid movement is associated with aging. Gravity tends to pull us down, causing us to hunch over with bad posture. The hallmark of Pilates is that each exercise works to address the spine to keep it flexible and strong, as well as mobilizing the joints and improving posture. Aging causes bones to weaken and muscles to shrink and lose mass. Pilates on the apparatus is great for building bone density, as well as toning and strengthening the muscles. Strengthening the core helps to prevent and alleviate low back pain. Retaining flexibility and strong muscles and core strength is vital for anti-aging, and Pilates is the best anti-aging exercise available. You can start a Pilates program at any age because we tailor it to your level of fitness.
Pilates for Functional Fitness
Just what is “functional fitness”? Joe Pilates said it very well when he said “The goal of Contrology (Pilates) is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind and the ability to perform life’s daily activities with zest and ease”. The benefits of Pilates do not end at the end of your session. Pilates helps you improve in so many areas in your daily life – climbing stairs, sitting, standing, walking, lifting, reaching and so much more.
Pilates Post Rehab
Joseph Pilates originally developed Pilates (Contrology) for rehabilitation, so the method is therapeutic in itself. Because of its attention to detail and form, you are able to gain strength in the weakened muscle or joint. We are not Physical Therapists, but we are able to work with you to complement and enhance what your Physical Therapist is doing, or help you continue on your road to recovery when you have been released. Whether you suffer from back pain, sports injuries, arthritis, and fibromyalgia or before and after pregnancy, Pilates is a safe and effective way to work back to fitness or overcome limitations.
Sport Specific Pilates
Pilates for runners, golfers, dancers, skiing, equestrians, surfers, tennis, and contact sports. The bottom line is cross-training with Pilates benefits ANY sport. Every sport over uses certain muscles groups so that we end up tight in some places and weak in others. Pilates works all of the major muscle groups as well as the deep core muscles, bringing balance to the whole body – which will actually better your game of choice, give you the edge, and lessening your risk for injury.
Summing it up
Whether your interests lie in anti-aging, becoming or staying strong and fit, living a pain-free lifestyle or general health and wellness, from beginners to advanced alike, Every BODY can benefit from Pilates.