Good posture is one of the best and simplest definers of age. Stand proud and tall and you feel confident, younger and slimmer, giving your mind and body an instant boost. Slouch and you feel de-energised, insecure and older, and that is the way the world will see you.
Pilates helps you to stand proud and tall: it offers a different way of thinking about your body both mentally and physically. It teaches you to focus and gain a better awareness of YOUR body, allowing you to take control. It identifies and corrects any bad habits you may have and generally improves your life, helping to release any tension that you may hold. Pilates also strengthens the body against potential injury. Precise, controlled, flowing movements mean that the muscle and ligament damage, sometimes associated with other fitness regimes, is avoided. Pilates exercises all muscle groups in your body, combining suppleness and strength, to create balance and natural poise.
The Pilates method can work for everyone (men and women) regardless of fitness level and, if practiced regularly, the rewards are fantastic with improvements in well-being and posture being felt in a few weeks. In the long term these benefits will inevitably afford you an altogether healthier body.
Every exercise is built around its eight key principles:
Core Activation or Centering
“The Pilates Method of body conditioning develops the body uniformly, corrects posture, restores vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.”