The essence of Pilates is proper breathing and control over your body and its muscles, with particular emphasis - on the abdomen. The method focuses on building a strong "Central Core" by strengthening your abdominal wall and spine. There are over 500 exercises, many based on Yoga and dance. Rather than many reps, each exercise is performed only a few times but with intense concentration on form and precision.
Pilates is now widely regarded as one the best ways to tone up weak muscles and give support to your back, neck and shoulder joints. At Piedmont Physical Therapy, Pilates is a central focus in how we deliver effective care and achieve positive results. We incorporate Pilates-based exercises into our physical therapy sessions as well and offer a variety of ongoing fitness options to help you reach your long-term goals.
Our classes involve a set of challenging and progressive exercises to allow you to learn to move your body and your spine safely. Pilates techniques affect the entire body. Instead of isolating muscle groups, the entire body is involved, integrating the upper and lower extremities with the core musculature. Mental imaging, focus and breathing patterns are used to reduce stress and unnecessary movement while emphasizing static or dynamic core stabilization. This includes an emphasis on coordinating abdominals, pelvic girdle and shoulder strength. The principle of strengthening while lengthening muscles is critical in providing long term benefit that carry over into improving your daily life.
Pilates is for EVERYONE! Too often we hear some one say, "I can’t do Pilates, it looks like it would be too hard for me", or "I’m not flexible enough", or "I’m not thin enough", or "I’m not strong enough". These represent the primary reasons you should be doing Pilates. This amazing method of exercise was developed from the rehabilitation techniques of Joseph Pilates. Pilates is a safe, sensible exercise system using a floor mat or equipment, which will help you look and feel you’re very best. No matter what your age or condition, it WILL work for you! Pilates improves core strength, flexibility, agility, and ease of motion. It can even help alleviate back pain and other chronic ailments.
The Pilates method has caught on worldwide. What is extraordinary about Pilates is its broad appeal. Dancers do it to maintain flexibility and strength; athletes do it to gain endurance, and some do it to alleviate pain. Unlike running, weight training, or aerobics. Pilates is safe for the elderly, people with injuries, and even pregnant women. Pilates programs can be individualized to meet the specific needs of each person with special consideration given to your age, fitness level and health condition. Finding yourself a certified Pilates instructor can help you create a resistance-based program that will challenge your mind and body simultaneously, leaving you feeling flexible, strong, and invigorated.
A mat routine uses your body to challenge and strengthen your core as well as improve your strength, flexibility, and balance. A variety of props are used to vary your workout and keep you challenged.
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