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BENEFITS OF PILATES

Traditional workouts actually create muscular imbalances because stronger muscles get stronger and weaker muscles get weaker. That is why many people end up with chronic back pain and other injuries, particularly as we age. Pilates, on the other hand, focuses on training the entire musculature including the weaker muscles (eg. triceps and inner thighs) with the emphasis on the core (deeper abdominal muscles and those closest to the spine).

Muscles are stretched as they are lengthened, resulting in a longer leaner-looking body along with increased mobility. The quality of your movements are emphasized over the quantity of repetitions. You go through a “neuromuscular retraining.” In other words, your brain and body learn more efficient movement patterns. The emphasis on proper breathing further facilitates smooth controlled “flowing” movements. Joe actually named his method of conditioning “contrology” because he felt that control over your mind and body results in greater control over all aspects of your life.

Pilates improves posture which helps your organs to perform properly. It also helps to identify muscular imbalances and correct them before injury occurs. The relationship of the shoulders and pelvic girdle significantly contributes to the health of the spine. Pilates works to improve any dysfunction.

Traditional Western-based exercise programs focus on the larger exterior muscles and can actually contribute to injury by creating a greater imbalance because the strong muscles get stronger while the weak ones become weaker.

 
 
   
     

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