The Benefits of Pilates

rebecca raiza pilatesWe hear and see celebrities, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Sandra Bullock, Reese Witherspoon, claim that the benefits of Pilates is a large part of their fitness routine, giving them long lean toned muscles, balance, a strong core and amazing posture. Many professional athletes, basketball, football to golf,tennis, running and swimming, claim the benefits of Pilates has created more power, a stronger core, increased mental awareness and improved performance.

What is Pilates?

A system of mind and body exercises designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness. Exercises are performed either on a apparatus or on the mat. The system allows for different exercises to be modified in a range of difficulty from beginning to advanced. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercise.

What are the benefits?

  • Enhanced body awareness and mental focus
  • Increase flexibility
  • Develop muscle strength
  • Stronger core
  • Improved balance, coordination and alignment
  • Development of good postural habits
  • Relaxation and stress relief
  • Healthy breathing habits and increase lung capacity

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.”

- Joseph Pilates

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