Practicing Pilates is very different from doing a regular fitness class. In Pilates all the exercises are performed with conscious attention for what you are doing. The pace of exercises is moderate, not fast, and the quality of how you move is of much greater importance than the quantity of repetitions. Pilates helps you to get in tune with your body, recognising where there are muscular imbalances and gently working to correct them. When Pilates exercises are performed correctly, even the lowest level will get you working and you will discover muscles that you didn’t know existed!
No. Both Pilates and Yoga recognise mind-body connection and the importance of conscious, focused physical movement. However, there are many differences. In a nutshell, the focus in Yoga is much more on the flexibility of joints and gradual increase of flexibility of the body. While practiced in a variety of styles, Yoga poses can be very difficult to get into, if you are not so flexible to start off with and some of the positions may not be ideal for people with knee problems or low-back issues. For people suffering from hypermobility, most Yoga poses may not be safe.
In Pilates we concentrate on strengthening different parts of the body, while integrating gentle stretches to the work-out. We avoid putting the body in extreme positions and follow a rather balanced view – a combination of strength and flexibility seem to result in a stronger, healthier body, while reducing your chance of injuries, if you practice other sports.
Pilates is a great form of exercise to do when you are pregnant. Pilates strengthenes the muscles required during labour and prepares the body for giving birth. Pilates is a perfect way to strengthen back and pelvic floor muscles, without putting strain onto other joints. Pilates exercises emphasise correct breathing techniques, which help to relax and release any tension in the body. If you have never done Pilates before, it is recommended that you start Pilates from the second trimester onwards. If you have practiced Pilates regularly before your pregnancy, it is usually fine to continue with Pilates, provided that exercises are modified to suit the demands of pregnancy and your doctor and midwife are happy with you continuing with Pilates. The best way to do Pilates in pregnancy are one-to-one sessions, and I am excited to be doing Ante- and Postnatal Pilates qualification June 2017.
Postnatal Pilates is a great way to get back into shape, rebuild strength and recover from childbirth. It is also a fantastic way to relax and take care of yourself while meeting the demands of your new-born baby. Pilates can be restarted 6 weeks after normal delivery, and 12 weeks after C-section.
HOW IS PILATES DIFFERENT FROM OTHER FORMS OF EXERCISE?
WHO IS PILATES FOR?
WHAT IS PILATES?
IS PILATES THE SAME AS YOGA?
My Pilates classes are suitable for anyone, any level of fitness. I welcome everybody – whether you have been practicing Pilates for quite a while or are a complete novice. My aim is to give everyone something to work towards that is manageable. Beginners are encouraged to start with lower levels of exercises, gently progressing towards more challenging moves when they feel ready. Once you feel strong in your body, you can have a go at more advanced versions of the exercises. Pilates is also a very low-impact form of physical exercise, making it suitable for people who are restricted in their choice of physical activity. Pilates is often beneficial for people with chronic back, neck and shoulder problems, hypermobility, osteoporosis and many other conditions.
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"In 10 sessions you'll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you'll see the difference, and in 30 sessions you'll have a whole new body"- Joseph Pilates
Did you know?
11 million people practice Pilates regularly worldwide!
One hour of Pilates burns calories all day long!
Every Pilates move works the entire body!
IS PILATES SAFE TO DO DURING PREGNANCY?
Pilates is a gentle, yet very effective way of training your body and your mind. It teaches us to pay conscious attention to the way we move and recognise when our habits of walking, sitting, running are not ideal. Pilates is aimed at training the muscles of the whole body, with a particular focus on the deep abdominal muscles and integration of trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle. Pilates increases strength and flexibility, improves coordination and balance. In Pilates we pay special attention to correct posture and spinal alignment and correction of any muscular imbalances. Pilates combines strengthening and stretching, leaving your body toned, strong and lean.