What is Pilates

Mat Pilates is a series of exercises from within the Pilates Method designed specifically to be performed on a mat. Exercises in mat pilates can also involve basic pilates equipment such as a pilates ring, resistance band, or weighted balls. Mat pilates exercises are performed in a slow, controlled, precise manner and require an intense concentration. These exercises help strengthen the body’s core by developing pelvic and scapula stability, and abdominal control, using focused breathing patterns.

Joe has been successfully teaching Pilates classes and working with clients ever since he started studying the system since 2004. His involvement with Pilates as an instructor trainer has allowed him to take a leading role in the industry and this reflects in his knowledge and abilities with his clients.

Pilates targets abdominals and strengthens the waist area, and also as a result strengthens the deep lower back muscles (for example multifidus). This is one of the reasons why Pilates is successful in the treatment of lower back pain.

The aim of contemporary, anatomically- based Pilates training, is to develop optimal neuromuscular performance by focusing on core stability, while safely balancing muscular strength with flexibility.

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More About Pilates

Whether performing on mat or specialized equipment, Pilates that incorporates modern theories of exercise science and spinal rehabilitation should involve the following biomechanical principles:

  • Breathing

  • Pelvic Placement

  • Rib Cage Placement

  • Scapula Movement and Stabilization

  • Cervical Placement

  • Head Placement

When performed correctly, Pilates is a complete exercise system that features:

Three-dimensional movements (exercises are performed in all movement planes)

Spring resistance which provides gradual increase in tension through the full range of the movement

Emphasis on both concentric/eccentric phases of muscular contraction

Focus on training the smaller local stabilizing system as well as the larger mobilizing muscles

How can Pilates Work for You?

Practice allows people to become aware of and improve in their:

Working
Body

Better
Posture

Spinal
Mobility

Neutral
Position

Reduces
Stiffness

Better Overall
Mobility

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