PILATES - The Hot New Fitness Mantra (The Art of Body Dynamics) Yoga DVD
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The Pilates Method (sometimes simply Pilates) is a physical fitness system that was developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates.
Pilates called his method The Art of Contrology, which refers to the way the method encourages the use of the mind to control the muscles.
It is an exercise program that focuses on the core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and are essential to providing support for the spine.
In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of neutral alignment of the spine and strengthening the deep postural muscles that support this alignment, which are important to help alleviate and prevent back pain.
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Important principles of his exercise program include:
- Use of mental focus to improve movement efficiency and muscle control
- Awareness of neutral spine alignment, or proper posture, throughout the exercises
- Development of the deep muscles of the back and abdomen to support this posture
- Use of breath to promote mental focusing and centering
- Creating length, strength, and flexibility in muscles
Pilates practitioners use their own bodies as weights in training, to build strength, and flexibility. This is targeted without a focus on high-powered cardiovascular exercise. Today, Pilates is used
in the rehabilitation process by many physical therapists. Pilates is an old approach to movement re-education that is becoming popular in the field of fitness and rehabilitation.
The Pilates environment can be used as an assistive environment that optimizes the acquisition of movement with a reduction of destructive forces and can be used to progress individuals through more challenging movements that represent their day-to-day activities.
It is beneficial for:
- General fitness and body awareness
- Injury prevention
- Remedial and rehabilitation work
- Improvement of technique for athletes and dancers
- Pregnancy: Pre and post natal
- The elderly
- For children from 12 years-old
Pilates helps to:
- Increase and create a balance between strength and flexibility
- Create an awareness of and strengthen dynamic stability
- Improve coordination
- Release stress
- Improve posture