Joanna believes Pilates to be a useful modality to gain deeper muscular awareness, correct muscle imbalances, heal injury, and discover a more balanced and mobile body. Adding Pilates based exercises into any workout regime can be highly beneficial. Pilates is a highly effective form of exercise to strengthen the core and balance out the body’s muscular structure. It places emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breath, developing a strong center, and improving balance and coordination. Joanna believes in implementing Pilates into a fitness routine as a low impact way to increase deep core strength and relieve back and hip pain.
Developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century, Pilates became popular in several countries such as Germany, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Inspired by his belief in the importance of muscle control and mind-body awareness, Joseph Pilates originally named his method “Contrology.” All exercises are done with the control of muscles working to lift against gravity and the resistance and thereby control each movement of the body in its most detailed form. This detail can be seen as therapeutic, and therefore used as correctional exercise as well. The Pilates Method is all about detail, which allows its practitioners to access deeper muscles, gaining true strength, and balancing out the body.
Benefits of Pilates:
- Increased flexibility
- Creates muscle tone
- Strengthens the core (back, abdomen and pelvis)
- Improves posture, balance and coordination
- Teaches proper alignment and form
- Prevents injuries
- Useful rehabilitation tool
- Enhances athletic performance
- Sharpens mind-body connection
- Increases join mobility with focus on the spine
Principles of Pilates: