Pilates is a mind-body workout incorporating proper breathing, flowing movements and core conditioning. The quality of movement is valued over the quantity of repetitions.
Pilates exercises develop a strong core; consisting of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. Core control is achieved by integrating the trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle. The focus is on breath and posture, Pilates elongates and strengthens while improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. Muscle balance is important for reduction of pain and prevention of injury. Pilates conditions the whole body, even the ankles and feet.
When no particular muscle group is overtrained or undertrained, the body comes into balance. Following the practice of Pilates, clients gain core control, improved breathing, stress reduction, greater enjoyment of activities and enhanced sports performance. Many professional sports teams and elite athletes use Pilates as a part of their training regimen.
Pilates exercises are performed mainly in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low impact and partially weight bearing. Pilates is safe and gentle, yet can be extremely challenging when achieving the advanced level.
The Pilates method incorporates equipment and mat work to provide a means to strengthen the entire body as a unit. As a fully equipped Pilates studio, One On One Physical Therapy offers Reformers, Cadillac/Trap tables, Chairs and Barrels with certified Pilates Instructors . The Pilates apparatus uses springs to provide assistance or resistance allowing the client to move through ranges of motion with greater ease and control. These techniques ultimately create successful movement patterns which build confidence and carry over to functional tasks.
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