Pilates is an amazing system that can teach you new ways of using your body and make you more mindful of the way in which you move. By concentrating on precision of movement, awareness of breath, coordination and a continued flow, you will be able to change habitual patterns of movement that are not serving you well and reduce imbalances in the body. You become acutely aware of how your body feels, where it is in space, and how best to control its movement.
The Reformer, our key equipment, is designed to challenge the body in a variety of different ways, but in all of them, control is paramount. Reformer Pilates gives more feedback to you than traditional weights, machine-based or mat workouts. This feedback helps build awareness of where the limbs are in relation to the rest of the body, and how to correct their position whilst moving. Pilates will also build awareness of which muscles are working and how to activate the ‘correct’ muscles to provide movement and stability. A lot of exercises in Pilates are unilateral, generating strength and control in unstable positions even through your ‘weak’ side. The extra stability through the hips and trunk that Pilates develops can allow you to generate power from more unorthodox positions. These motor patterns are fine-tuned through repetition over time, and are directly transferable to your chosen sport.
With Pilates you can improve flexibility, increase co-ordination, strengthen weak areas and most importantly build greater body awareness, all important factors in improving athletic performance.
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