Originally developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s, Pilates is a complete exercise regime designed to engage the mind, and condition and strengthen the entire body from the inside out.
With over 500 exercises it combines strength, flexibility and controlled breathing to reduce stress and produce longer, leaner muscles with the goal to have an overall better posture.
The key focus of Pilates is to balance the muscles of the body by strengthening the weak and stretching those which are overused and tight. Once our posture is improved and our core is strengthened, back pain, and related problems, are alleviated and often eliminated.
If you are injured, post-operative, have been recommended by an Osteopath, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor or Sports Massage Therapist to increase your core strength; or whether you simply want to become firmer, leaner and change the contours of your body, LB Pilates will improve and transform your body for the better.
Pilates is not a High Intensity workout, but it is designed to sculpt and produce long and lean muscles. This in combination with a balanced diet will contribute to a noticeable change in the body shape.
I suggest 2-3 times a week with a day off in between for recovery. It does take 5-10 sessions for a beginner to get into the swing of Pilates and understanding the principles but, once the mind and body connection happens you should start to see results very quickly.
Pilates can be more effective for some people. Rather than utilising static stretches, Pilates focuses on movements while stretching. This means the muscles are warm when you stretch, allowing you to stretch further with less pain. The Pilates stretching technique will elongate and detoxify your muscles and the more flexible you become the less muscle tension you will endure, and your blood circulation will be improved.
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