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What Is Pilates & How Does It Help?

Pilates is a great form of exercise that has something for everybody – in this Body@Boronia blog post we explain what Pilates is, and how you can try it alongside osteopathy to help your health and get the most out of life!

What Is Pilates?

The Pilates method uses a combination of exercises that can be adapted as gentle conditioning for rehabilitation from injury, or as a strenuous strength workout for seasoned athletes, and those wanting to increase their fitness. It was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century as a type of low-impact, body strengthening exercise.

Pilates is based on six principles:

  • Concentration: Bringing full attention to each movement.
  • Control: Muscle control and moving with intention.
  • Centering: Bringing focus to the body’s centre, engaging the core muscles.
  • Precision: Performing each move with correct technique.
  • Breath: Steady and controlled breathing, coordinating the breath with each movement (i.e. breathing out on exertion).
  • Flow: Moving between each exercise with fluidity and ease.

Are There Different Types Of Pilates?

Yes, the two most common types are matwork and reformer.

  • Matwork: Pilates movements performed on a mat.
  • Reformer: Pilates movements performed on a reformer machine (bed-like equipment, which has a sliding carriage controlled by springs).

If you are new to this type of exercise, it may be an idea to go to introductory classes with a certified instructor to make sure you are practicing correct technique and alignment. However, Pilates is versatile – you can find a studio that offers matwork and/or reformer classes, or you can also try it at home with an exercise mat and virtual class for instruction.

Who Is Pilates Suitable For?

Pilates can be adapted to suit all levels of fitness and ability. It’s a great low impact, strengthening workout to add to your daily life. Whether you’re recovering from injury, looking to strengthen your core to enhance your sporting performance, or starting a new exercise program as a beginner, it has something for everyone.

What Are The Benefits Of Doing Pilates Regularly?

Much like regular osteopathic treatment, the benefits of regular Pilates can be applied to many aspects of your life.

Some of the benefits people generally experience may include:

  • Improvements in core strength and posture
  • Reduction in back pain
  • Increases in energy
  • Decreases in stress
  • Enhancement of body awareness
  • Improvement in balance

Like osteopathy, Pilates can have a positive effect on your life and wellbeing.

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