Pilates is a system of body conditioning consisting of a unique system of exercises that combine stretching and strengthening with control.
- Strengthen and lengthens the body’s muscles
- Reduce incidence of back pain and injury
- Improves posture and strengthen the parts of the body that age attacks
- Creates balance in the body
This complete exercise system, developed over 80 years ago by Joseph H. Pilates, strengthens the muscles while lengthening them. Movements are low-impact and are done in a sequence with few repetitions, emphasizing form and alignment. Pilates focuses on the ‘core’, the muscles of the back and stomach, and also targets the intrinsic, supporting muscles to give a long, lean physique. The movements are integrated with the breathe and emphasis is placed on focus so that the mind becomes more in tune with the body, creating a connection that can be carried out of the studio to improve grace, balance, and focus in daily life.
At St. Albans Spinal Wellness Centre, our Pilates teaching is rooted in the traditions of Joseph Pilates but with an added emphasis on the individual. No one will be given a generic Pilates ‘routine’ and each person’s strengths and goals will be taken into consideration. This will allow our instructor to assist all clients to perform each exercise properly and to reach individual goals. Our personalisation allows one to become in tune with their body, to progress more quickly, and to maximize time exercising.
At St. Albans Spinal Wellness Centre we teach our Pilates programs using the anatomical concept of ‘neutral spine’. Having a true understanding of this alignment will be the biggest gift you take with you from Pilates. Like a carpenter using a weight on a string to find a straight line, proper alignment allows the rest of the body to hang freely, giving us ease of body in walking, sitting and other forms of exercise. Neutral spine Pilates will reduce suffering of chronic pain, and is the basis of Pilates reshaping the body. The neutral spine position is different for each person and so having an experienced, knowledgeable instructor is pertinent to getting the benefits.
For more information please visit : www.pilates-suite.co.uk