Pilates - Mat Work

01st October 2018


Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. The emphasis is on proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance. It was named after its creator, Joseph Pilates, who developed the exercises in the 1920s.

A Pilates routine generally includes exercises that promote core strength and stability, muscle control and endurance, including exercises that work on proper posture and movement patterns and balanced flexibility and strength.

Those potentially interested in Pilates are often worried that it requires complicated to use equipment. Nothing can be further from the truth – Pilates can be done with just a mat on the floor. Mat work classes don't require a dedicated space in which to teach them, they can be is taught in local halls, dance, fitness or health centres, or in-office and at-home, it can also be practiced as homework.

Mat work can be taught on a one-to-one or small group basis, but it is the availability (and cheaper cost) of the larger Mat work classes that has helped Pilates gain in popularity around the world over the past 10 years. Ideally Mat work classes are no larger than 15 students, to ensure personal attention can be provided.

Mat work exercises are performed in various positions a mat, sometimes using small equipment, such as balls, blocks, bands and chairs, to assist or challenge the body as needed.

 

Benefits

When practicing Pilates regularly, you can improve a number of common health concers:

·     core strength and stability,

·     posture and balance,

·     flexibility,

·     back pain.

 

Key principles

·     Breathing

·     Concentration

·     Control

·     Centering

·     Flow

·     Postural alignment

·     Precision

·     Relaxation

·     Stamina

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