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Pilates and its benefits

 

Pilates was first invented by the German-American Physical Trainer Joseph H. Pilates. As a child, Joseph was sick very often, suffering from conditions such as Asthma and Rheumatic fever. Due to this , he spent the rest of his life trying to improve his physical strength and subsequently, developed Pilates. Pilates are stretching and strengthening exercises which focus on increasing core strength, building flexibility and improving posture. It is Important to note the strong focus on Precision technique while performing a Pilates Exercise. Pilates helps to improve general fitness and overall wellbeing.

 

BENEFITS

At First glance, Pilates may seem slow and simple, which can make you question if the benefits of Pilates are really as good as what others say. However, if we take a closer look, we can see that there is backing to these ‘myths’. Some of the physical benefits of Pilates include:

  • Improved Flexibility
  • Improved Posture
  • Increased tone and muscle strength of the ‘Core’ Muscles in your body( Obliques, Rectus Abdominus etc)
  • Improved Balance and Coordination

However, Pilates can also positively affect the other dimensions of health and wellbeing such as social health. Pilates classes can be a good way to form positive relationships with other people, positively affecting your Social health and Wellbeing.

 

FINAL NOTE

Pilates can benefit everyone, no matter their age, gender etc. Pilates is easy to pickup and perform and the numerous benefits make it very appealing. Pilates at Performance Medicine is slightly different to a commercial Pilates class. We call our sessions Clinical Conditioning and they are taught by a Physiotherapist. The benefit to this is that it is very goal oriented to specific injuries and can help recovery during rehab from a injury.

If you are new to Pilates you will need to come in and do a one on one assessment. Use the links below to book in or give us a call on (03) 9686 2373 today!

 

Book in a 1:1 Initial Assessment

 

Book a Clinical Conditioning Class 

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