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What Will Mat Pilates Do For Me?

What Will Pilates Do For Me?

 

So! You’ve heard about this thing called Pilates. You’ve probably heard it used in conjunction with words like ‘core’ & ‘pelvic floor’. Maybe you’ve seen some hil-ar-ious ‘Pie & Lattes’ memes on the internet that you don’t really understand, but that just…won’t…die…on your Pinterest feed. If you’re lucky, you may have even seen old photographs of a FIT looking 82 year old with a penchant for cigars, beer & parading around in white short shorts (that Joseph Pilates, WHAT A GUY!) However you came to it, we’re happy you’re here, reading this, wanting to know more about this exercise system that is more than just exercise…it is LIFE!

One of the first things Pilates will teach you is how to BREATHE. Actually, you already know how to breathe, otherwise you wouldn’t be able to read this nor do very much at all… More specifically, a Pilates instructor will teach you about different types of breathing & how to breathe efficiently. Breath is the essential link between mind & body &, as in yoga, Pilates places upmost importance on correct breathing. Joseph Pilates himself said that, “Above all, learn how to breathe correctly.”
In conjunction with efficient use of breath, you will learn about your PELVIC FLOOR (yes, guys have one, too) Why should you care about your pelvic floor? It supports your pelvic internal organs, forms an important part of your core support, can help you in the bedroom *insert winky emoji here* & – though not quite as sexy – helps control continence.

… which is why Pilates is so beneficial for mammas-to-be! The weight of a growing human – as well as hormonal changes – can weaken pelvic floor muscles. Pilates exercises can help to strengthen this important sling of support, as well as providing other potential benefits during PREGNANCY, such as better breath control, improved balance & posture, heightened body awareness, stress relief & a general sense of wellbeing. Check out our Prenatal Pilates Classes here.

Pilates isn’t just for the ladies. Yessiree, Pilates was originally designed by a MAN, for MEN. Joseph Pilates developed his method (which he called Contrology) to rehabilitate German soldiers during the First World War. And hey, if it’s good enough for Cristiano Ronaldo, Sylvester Stallone &…Hugh Grant, then it’s good enough for old mate Can’t Bend Down to Pick up the Laundry.

Pilates works from the centre-out, aiming for the “uniform development” of the entire body. This is why is Pilates is the cross-training of choice for many ELITE ATHLETES. You don’t need to be Tiger Woods to reap the benefits of a Pilates sesh, either. Pilates can correct muscle imbalances & improve flexibility, balance, core strength, rotation & hip & shoulder stability; it can help you to hit more powerful & accurate golf shots. It will also help build your concentration & endurance, allowing you maintain optimal swing mechanics for a day out on the green. Cyclists, swimmers, crossfitters, AFL players…no matter your choice of sport, Pilates can provide you with a competitive edge (not to mention, is it wonderful for injury prevention & rehabilitation!)

You don’t have to be sporty to enjoy or take benefit from Pilates. The Method does more than work for the body; according Pilates elder Mary Bowen, it “works for the whole self.” AMEN. Joseph Pilates intended his conditioning system as “complete co-ordination of body, mind and spirit,” and – indeed – perhaps the important tool Pilates provides is self awareness. Pilates practice doesn’t just start & end on the mat; you will take it with you wherever you go. You can do Pilates while driving, brushing your teeth, doing the dishes, standing in a queue, & so on. The awareness of self that Pilates brings is all-encompassing & life changing.

 If the above hasn’t convinced you, maybe this will: Joseph Pilates was a lover of CATS. Actually, I have nothing to back this up, other than him referencing cats & others referencing HIM referencing cats: “It (Pilates) was conceived to limber & stretch muscles & ligaments so that your body will be as supple as that of a cat…” (Joseph Pilates, Return to Life Through Contrology) To quote Mary Bowen quoting Joe: “The greatest creation of the Almighty was the cat.” BOOM. Right there! I knew Joe was a cat person. TWINSIES!

See you on the mat!


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