Developing the body in a balanced way, correcting bad posture, restoring physical vitality and stimulating the mind.. this is a great approach that is worth welcoming! But this is not all! In order to convince you to start Pilates, Domyos tells you all about the benefits of this method.
1. What is Pilates?
Pilates is a method of strengthening the deep muscles, which are responsible for your posture. The deep muscles are the core muscles, which lie between the ribs and the pelvis, and all around the spine (abs, pelvic floor and back muscles). They are the body's energy core, making it stronger and more stable. Pilates is also a discipline that makes you more aware of your body, your strength and your limits so that you can make better use of it.
2. What Are the Main Principles of This Discipline?
BREATHING The breathing is done in a specific way. It is a lateral breathing movement that uses the ribs to make better use of the lungs (breathing in through the nose, breathing out through the mouth).
CONCENTRATION You need to concentrate on each movement and how it is executed to ensure that each exercise is performed properly.
CENTRING All the movements must begin at the central core of the body's energy, i.e. the abs.
CONTROL Each movement must be controlled and connected with the breathing and the state of mind. You must be fully conscious of your body in order to control each posture, each movement and feel it deep down.
FLUIDITY The flowing movements are performed gracefully with the balance required by these coordinated exercises.
PRECISION The focus is on the quality of the movement rather than the quantity. The actions performed must be carefully studied so that they have a real effect on your muscles.
3. What are the Benefits of Pilates?
"After 10 sessions, you feel the difference. After 20 sessions, you see the difference. And after 30 sessions, you have a brand new body! " a promise kept by Josef Pilates, the creator of a method that has many benefits.
Improved posture and strengthened deep muscles: no more backache, the belly gets firmer, the body becomes strong and supple.
Improvement and better control of sporting movements.
Relaxation of the motor muscles (superficial muscles, e.g. the hamstrings - back of the thighs, the psoas - hip flexors, etc.)
Improved range of movement of the joints, strength, endurance and muscle power.
Massage the internal organs.
Promote blood flow.
Reduced risk of injury or muscle imbalance.
Develop the muscles in a coordinated way.
4. What are the Different Types of Pilates?
Since the creation of the method by Joseph Pilates, other variants have emerged. Here are 3 different approaches that you can also try out:
STOTT PILATES A highly accessible and gentle method for staying fit and exercising, whatever your level of ability or age. It is composed of stretching and breathing exercises combined with gentle gymnastics.
POWER PILATES A method for exercising the body while stimulating the mind involving some lightweight equipment (ball, elastic, hoop, foam noodle, etc.)
YOGA PILATES This is a blend of Yoga and Pilates that stimulates your flexibility as well as your fitness while breathing slowly and in a controlled way throughout the exercises.
5. Who is it For?
Pilates lessons are for everyone because, although the exercises are demanding, they are low-impact exercises that are gentle on the body. Consequently, whether you are a woman or a man, participate in sports or not, whether you are elderly, injured or recovering from an injury, you suffer from anxiety, fatigue, stiffness, whether you are pregnant or have recently given birth, you can practise Pilates because the method is progressive (in you have any concerns, do not hesitate to seek the advice of a health professional). The exercises can be tailored to the ability level and needs of everyone as well as any pathologies they might have. Pilates is a gentle discipline that can be practised as often as you like. As with any physical activity, it must be practised each week throughout the year in order to be effective. Our advice: attend 2 to 3 Pilates sessions a week, depending on your age and your goal.
Accessories for gentle exercises, such as gentle gym or the Pilates method, are anything but futile. They are very useful for everyone, irrespective of their level. They make the exercises easier, improve posture or add extra difficulty to training in order to make progress.