Pilates is a gentle low impact form of exercise concentrating on stability and flexibility. It is a mind-body centring technique emphasising the importance of beginning movement from a central core.
With time the exerciser should experience a greater body awareness, improved posture and a greater core strength and flexibility.
The simple exercises concentrate on precision of movement, awareness of breath control and a continued flow of movement; and through this the exerciser will be able to alter abnormal movement patterns and achieve a carry over into daily function; therefore improving posture and helping to alleviate joint and muscle pains.
Pilates can also be especially helpful during pregnancy and in the postnatal period. Helping to improve pelvic floor function, posture and balance and strengthen muscles which support the lower back and pelvis all of which can be affected by your changing shape.
Pilates is a fun, relaxing and safe form of exercise during pregnancy helping maintain fitness, preparing both you and baby for labour as well as strengthening you body in preparation for life with a little one!
The Pilates method is particularly beneficial for those suffering from: