The Benefits of Pilates

Quality of Movement

In Pilates, quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Learning the proper breathing technique is essential as it helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency. Learning to breathe properly also reduces stress and enables your mind to focus on your body during movement.

By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement, you become acutely in tune with your body. You learn how to control its movement.


The Core

Pilates exercises develop a strong “core,” or center of the body. The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles closest to the spine. Control of the core is achieved by integrating the trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle.  The core is critical in all functional movement in everyday life.


Muscular Balance

More conventional or traditional workouts are weight bearing and tend to build short, bulky muscles – the type most prone to injury. Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A Pilates body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured.

Many conventional workouts tend to work the same muscles. The result is muscular imbalance – a primary cause of injury and chronic back pain.  Pilates conditions the whole body, even the ankles and feet. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease, better performance and less chance of injury. That’s why so many professional sports teams and elite athletes now use Pilates as a critical part of their training regimen.


Good for Everyone

Pilates can be done by people of all ages and fitness abilities. Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low impact and partially weight bearing. Pilates is so safe and appropriate for everyone, it is used in physical therapy facilities to rehabilitate injuries.

Pilates is also an extremely flexible exercise system. Modifications to the exercises allow for a range of difficulty ranging from beginning to advanced. Get the workout that best suits you now and increase the intensity as your body conditioning improves.