What Is The Pilates Method?

The Pilates method was developed in the early part of the 20th century in the USA. Since its inception, this form of therapeutic exercise has found an increasingly large base of followers and is now widely practiced in the continents of America, Europe and Asia. Pilates emphasizes a balanced development of the body and mind.

This exercise system combines the unique aspects of the ancient Zen and Yoga.

How does Pilates Method work?

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How does Pilates Method work?

Pilates relies on a combination of core conditioning, stretching, deep breathing and concentration to provide a complete exercise system that balances the body and the mind. Pilates method exercises are a series of free flowing movements that mimic the natural grace of animals. Most of the exercises are performed while lying down, sitting or kneeling to avoid excessive strain on the heart and lungs. The Pilates method does not believe in the "no pain no gain" school of exercise and its low impact movements are ideal for the elderly or those with joint problems.

Pilates method exercises are mostly carried out on a floor mat. Advanced practitioners may also employ some basic equipment such as straps to immobilize the hands or feet, back, neck or shoulder supports, and spring tensions. The equipment is inexpensive and does not take up too much room.

While performing these exercises, proper form and concentration is of the utmost importance. The exercises are meant to be carries out in conjunction with forced exhalation and deep breathing techniques.

The mind has to be continuously focused on the exercise and the effect it is having on the various parts of the body. In this manner, the Pilates method seeks to make individuals more aware about their bodies and to balance the body and the mind.

What are the benefits of the Pilates Method?

Pilates has a number of benefits for the young and for the old. Regular practice of the Pilates method increases the lung capacity and ensures that the entire body receives a proper supply of oxygen. It also promotes the circulation of blood. Pilates also relies heavily on core conditioning and thus ensures that the abdominal and back muscles become stronger. This helps to alleviate and prevent back pain. The gentle stretching movements promote muscle growth and flexibility of the joints and help guard against ailments such as arthritis. The series of flowing movements employed by the Pilates method help to improve coordination between the mind and the different parts of the body.

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