What is Pilates?
Pilates is a system of exercise designed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th Century, with the primary focus to build core strength, balance and flexibility whilst maintaining correct postural alignment. Pilates emphasises the activation and control of deep core and back muscles whilst performing each series of movements and following six commonly known principles of control, precision, breath, flow, concentration and centering. Because of its ability to increase core strength and stability, in particular with deep muscles surrounding the spine, Pilates is recommended to eradicate back pain, in particular by professional Physiotherapists.
What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?
Pilates and Yoga share many similarities and some exercises seem to appear in both types of exercises, due to their ability to engage the core uniquely and effectively. Unlike Yoga, Pilates is not concerned with spiritual worship, yet still provides a refreshing and rejuvenating experience. Pilates adopts more exercises lying prone and in a supine position (on your back) and can be made much more simple and easy to allow for those experiencing back pain to build up strength slowly.
Can Pilates help with my bad back/Sciatica?
In many cases, back pain can be caused by problems with posture and a forward (anterior) or backwards (posterior) tilt of the pelvis. Over time, muscles surrounding the spine will lengthen and shorten in order to compensate for the change. This will lead to back pain, other injuries and further issues later on. Pilates can help to pull the spine and pelvis back into neutral alignment, correcting muscle imbalances and eradicating back pain. Sciatica, a symptom of a pinched nerve can be caused by these posture problems, therefore Pilates offers opportunity to help with such conditions.
If I am a beginner to Pilates, is Pilates 32 it ok to do?
Yes, Pilates is suitable for all levels and each exercise provides levels of progressions for those of varying ability. If you are new to Pilates try the ‘Injury and Pain Free Back Series.’ These three workouts are designed to help eradicate back pain and introduce beginners to Pilates.
What do I need to do Pilates/what do I need to wear?
All you need for Mat based Pilates is a space and yourself. We do recommend performing the workouts from this website on a Pilates or Yoga mat or some soft floor would also be suitable. You may also need a small block or pillow for some sitting exercises and an exercise band (or dressing gown rope) for some stretching exercises. Wear comfortable gym clothes and it’s up to you if you would like to wear socks.
How often should I do Pilates?
We recommend doing Pilates up to 2 or 3 times a week depending on the intensity or type of class you are performing. Pilates is also a good compliment to any gym-based programme or cardiovascular programme and so can be used a break from the regular gym type exercises. Following ten sessions we promise that you will feel the difference.
Which Video Series is best suited to my ability and Pilates experience?
If you are completely new to Pilates and relatively new to exercise, then the ‘Injury and Pain Free Back’ series will be best suited to you. If on the other hand you are a regular sports person or gym goer then the intermediate series; ‘Core Strength and Stability’ will best be suited to you. Once you have performed Pilates for some time and you find you need a further challenge from what these series offer, then attempt to higher level series; ‘Reshape and Strengthen your Whole Body.’
How can I receive more information about Pilates?
Pilates 32 aims to educate and empower you the reader with continual up to date information in regards to Pilates, Fitness, corrective exercise and anything health related. Once you subscribe I will email you updates and new videos as soon as they become available.
How do I download a workout to my computer?
The Pilates 32 system is now available online upon sign up. If you do wish to download the videos please contact me and I will make them available.
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