Benefits of Pilates

The Benefits of Pilates

A Mind-Body Workout

Pilates gets your mind in tune with your body. By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and the complete concentration on smooth, flowing movement, you become acutely aware of how your body feels, where it is in space, and how to control your body’s movement. In Pilates, the quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Proper breathing is essential and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency. Last but not least, learning to breathe properly can reduce stress.

Gain long, lean muscles and flexibility

Conventional workouts tend to build short, bulky muscles – the type most prone to injury. Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured.

Develop a strong core – flat abdominal and a strong back

Pilates exercises develop a strong “core”, or center of the body. The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine.  Control of the core is achieved by integrating the trunk, pelvis, and shoulder girdle.

Safely used by pregnant women

There is not much that can be done to alter the inevitable physiological and hormonal changes of pregnancy. However, by strengthening the core stabilizing muscles around the pelvis and spine, and improving the breathing pattern, it is hoped that one can optimize the body for the challenges it may face. Pilates is based on the principle that a central core is developed and then movements are introduced to challenge this core stability. This philosophy is clearly applicable in pregnancy–a significant test both mentally and physically on the mother’s body. By maximizing the mother’s core stability before and during pregnancy, it should be possible to limit any potential harm. Returning to exercise soon after the birth is important for the mother’s physical and mental well-being–she looks after her baby’s body for nine months, who cares for hers?

Preventing sports injuries
In conventional workouts, weak muscles tend to get weaker and strong muscles tend to get stronger. This results in muscular imbalance – a primary cause of injury and chronic back pain. Pilates conditions the whole body, even the ankles and feet. No muscle group is over trained or under trained. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease and less chance of injury.

Economy in motion

Pilates exercises train several muscle groups at once in smooth, continuous movements. By developing proper technique, you can actually retrain your body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion – invaluable for injury recovery, sports performance, good posture and optimal health.

Gentle and safe

No other exercise system is so gentle to your body while giving it a challenging workout. Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low impact or partially weight bearing. Pilates is so safe that it is used in physical therapy facilities to rehabilitate injuries.

The Benefits of Pilates

A Mind-Body Workout Pilates gets your mind in tune with your body. By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and the complete concentration on smooth, flowing movement, you become acutely aware of how your body feels, where it is in space, and how to control your body’s movement. In Pilates, the quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Proper breathing is essential and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency. Last but not least, learning to breathe properly can reduce stress.

Gain long, lean muscles and flexibility

Conventional workouts tend to build short, bulky muscles – the type most prone to injury. Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured.
Develop a strong core – flat abdominal and a strong back

Pilates exercises develop a strong “core”, or center of the body. The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine.  Control of the core is achieved by integrating the trunk, pelvis, and shoulder girdle.

Preventing sports injuries


In conventional workouts, weak muscles tend to get weaker and strong muscles tend to get stronger. This results in muscular imbalance – a primary cause of injury and chronic back pain. Pilates conditions the whole body, even the ankles and feet. No muscle group is over trained or under trained. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease and less chance of injury.
Economy in motion
Pilates exercises train several muscle groups at once in smooth, continuous movements. By developing proper technique, you can actually retrain your body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion – invaluable for injury recovery, sports performance, good posture and optimal health.

Gentle and safe