What is Pilates and how can it Benefit Me?

June 29, 2015

Pilates is quickly becoming a popular form of exercise throughout not only Perth’s metropolitan area, but Australia as a whole. Those thinking that it is a new exercise fad whose popularity will fade before long are misinformed.

 

The Pilates method was first established by Joseph Pilates in the late 1920’s and its current prominence in the exercise and rehabilitation industries demonstrate the effectiveness of the method. Joseph Pilates’ unique exercise philosophy integrates mind and body by bringing attention the quality of movement during exercise and everyday life. There are six traditional Pilates principles that are the key focus of the exercise:

  1. Centring

  2. Concentration

  3. Control

  4. Precision

  5. Flow

  6. Breathing

Incorporating these principles emphasises the quality of movement rather than encouraging mindless repetition. The idea is not to work against maximal resistance, but rather to control movement throughout range without pain or strain. It is a comprehensive mind-body conditioning exercise which co-ordinates core stabilising exercise with mind and breath control, challenging by flowing movement of the whole body. This combination of core body exercise and breath control facilitates activation of deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles which isn’t seen with alternative methods of exercise rehabilitation. Exercise is performed on the floor, (known as mat work), or by use of spring loaded resistance apparatus where individuals perform fully integrated movements of the spine with the extremities.