The effects of the practice
of Pilates are soon noticeable so as to even after
the first session you will feel the great workout
of your abdominal muscles.
When first experiencing the Pilates
method, clients break ineffective exercise and
movement habits accumulated over the years and
relearn correct movement patterns. Although time
and practice is required to undo years of bad
habits, clients will experience noticeable changes
to their body after the first few sessions of
As Joseph Pilates said: "in 10 sessions,
you will feel the difference, in 20 sessions,
you will see the difference, and in 30 sessions
you will have a new body.
Joseph Pilates also pointed out: "Pilates
is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace,
and skill that will be unmistakably reflected
in the way you walk, in the way you play, and
in the way you work". Therefore, with
commitment and regular practice, you will find
your body moving with greater agility and ease,
and its effects carrying over into your everyday
life such as the way you sit and stand.
Although some of the results
of Pilates are soon noticeable, it is important
to maintain a commitment to consistent, attentive
practice in order to maximize its benefits.
The practice of Pilates takes you on a journey
into finding your body and connecting with your
mind. As you progress on Pilates practice, your
body's shape and capabilities change and you will
become more aware of them. In this journey you
will constantly be discovering your body even
after many years of practice. This is why it is
so important to keep commitment in the practice
of the Method.
Some of the major benefits of
Pilates training are building strong lean muscles,
improvement of your posture, concentration, flexibility
and efficiency of movement and mobility. Pilates
is also used for injury prevention and rehabilitation,
as well as a treatment for afflictions such as
arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis and chronic
fatigue syndrome. You will feel improvements
in your mobility, flexibility, strength, and stamina.
The regular and correct practice
of Pilates has numerous benefits, such as:
- Pilates develops a strong
"core," or center of the body which
helps to keep a balanced mind-body. By stabilizing
your core Pilates works the small, deep muscles
needed to keep your body steady when walking
and your spine both supple and strong. This
results in an increase in your sense of balance
and better coordination.
In addition Pilates improves
drammatically your mobility, flexibility, strength,
- Pilates helps to build a
body with balanced strength and flexibility
by strengthening, toning up and elongating the
muscles and by developing muscle elasticity,
joint mobility and flexible joints in the body.
As a result, Pilates improves posture and
corrects bad postural habits.
- Pilates conditions the whole
body allowing the entire musculature to be evenly
balanced and conditioned. In order to do
so, Pilates exercises work on all the parts
of the body as an integrated whole assuring
that no muscle group is overtrained or undertrained.
This develops the inner-strength of the body
and enables one to undertake daily activities
and sports with greater ease and less chance
In addition, the practice of Pilates creates
a slim, sleek and attractive figure.
- As a result of the principle
of integration, Pilates exercises train several
muscle groups at once, in smooth, continuous
movements following efficient patterns of motion.
As a result, Pilates helps to eradicate bad
postural habits and enables one to learn how
to move in more efficient and safer patterns
of motion, which is invaluable for injury recovery,
sports performance, good posture and optimal
This makes Pilates one of the safest and more
efficient workouts on offer today.
- The practice of Pilates helps
to release stress and improves the mind-body
connection by emphasising proper breathing,
correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and complete
concentration on smooth, flowing movements.
In addition, Pilates revitalises the spirit
and increases one's self-esteem.
- Pilates benefits your emotional
health by improving your mental outlook and
increasing your motivation. Each workout
will leave you feeling calm, balanced, and rejuvenated
and its smooth, steady movements will quiet
your mind and soothe your nervous system.
- Pilates is one of the safest
workouts available, as many of its exercises
are performed in reclining or sitting positions,
and most are low-impact and partially weight
No other exercise system provides such a
great workout while being so gentle to the body.
In fact the Pilates Method is nowadays being
integrated into rehabilitation exercise and
into physical therapy programs designed to speed
recovery of soft tissue injuries.
- Pilates is also used for
injury prevention and rehabilitation, as well
as a treatment for afflictions such as arthritis,
fibromyalgia, osteoporosis and chronic fatigue
syndrome. By increasing flexibility for
stretches, Pilates reduces osteoarthritis pain
and fatigue. It also helps to relieve aches
and stiffness and eliminates tension, driving
away headaches, backaches, neck aches, and other
aches and pains.
- Pilates enables you to have
a healthy, supple spine as its exercises give
more support to your spine, creating space between
each vertebra. That extra space creates
more mobility and also makes you appear taller.
This new suppleness helps you to move with more
grace and ease and prevents degenerative spinal
problems, such as slipped disks.
- By working and toning up
the deep abdominal muscles, Pilates provides
a fast return to pre-pregnancy figure achieving
a flat lower tummy.
The Pilates Method is an exercise regime that
benefits people of all fitness levels, and is
especially useful for those recovering from orthopedic
injuries. As it avoids any stress to your
body, jarring or bouncing, it also offers the
ideal form of exercise for people who, because
of joint pain or muscle weakness, shy away from
Anyone can practice Pilates:
people of all ages, from children to seniors,
including athletes and fitness enthusiasts, as
well as persons with specific medical conditions
or injuries. In addition, everyone can achieve
amazing results through its practice.
Nevertheless, in case you suffer from any injury
or have special medical conditions, we do recommend
you to consult with your doctor before you begin
this Method or any fitness program.
The Pilates Method (specially Pilates
MAT) is a very convenient form of exercise as
there´s no need for any heavy, expensive
equipment being able to practice it anywhere,
anytime. However, in order to maximize Pilates
benefits and avoid any injuries Pilates should
be practised in a Pilates studio under the careful
supervision of a certified Pilates instructor,
either one-on-one or in small group sessions.
This is especially important when you are new
to the Method as a good instructor will help you
ensure that you have good form and are performing
the exercises correctly which is the key of the
success of its practice.
In order to to really see and feel the results
quickly it´s recommended to do 23
sessions per week. Each session lasts approximately
1 hour. Within a few months of regular practice
you will feel invigorated and rejuvenated, or,
in Joseph Pilates words, "...active, alert