Pilates is a unique system of body conditioning that stretches and strengthens the muscles, as well as improving flexibility, balance, breathing, posture, and alignment.
Pilates targets the deep postural muscles of the abdomen and spine to improve overall central core stability and posture. It also encourages you to focus your mind as you exercise the body, gradually improving your general body awareness, co-ordination, and overall alignment.
Pilates focuses on 8 principles:
• Flow and efficiency of movement
How long will it take before I see and feel the results?
The changes are subtle to begin with as initially the stabilising muscles may be weak. As you progress, your posture and muscle strength benefits are very noticeable. You should start to accumulate these benefits from the first session. The first few sessions will concentrate on the fundamentals with Pilates set up: neutral spine; posture; and breathing. The exercise programme will be built on week-by-week, and after 6 sessions you will have an idea of the basics of Pilates, and may be able to continue with some of the exercises from the class at home to help you maintain the benefits.