Pilates is a body conditioning method that works in a different way to other fitness techniques. It targets the deep postural muscles, by building strength from the inside out. Pilates rebalances the body by bringing it into correct alignment. The approach is slow and controlled, giving long term results.
Pilates is suitable for anyone, from the first time exercisers to Olympic sports people, helping re-shape your body, improving your posture and relieving stress and tension. It is particularly recommended by medical specialist for any one with back problems and is also an ideal regime for injury rehabilitation.
At Nosara Wellness we take exercise seriously. We know the benefits of proper exercise, but we also know the pitfalls of unsupervised, haphazard efforts. Our Pilates courses will give you a real understanding of the concepts behind this unique form of exercise. Our group classes will allow you to develop your proficiency in a controlled environment.
We recommend to begin with a one-to-one private session. Pilates offers both mental and physical training and this first private session allows the instructor to explain the basics in full, and to prepare you for mat work classes.
"The goals of therapeutic rehabilitation are similar to those of Pilates. Restored muscle function, balance, and range of motion are among the many shared objectives of these two movement-based therapies.
Joseph Hubertus Pilates delevoped the Pilates method in Germany more than 85 years ago to overcome such physical maladies as asthma and rickets. Extremely concerned about the impact of technology on the spine posture and breathing he sampled from diverse movement regimens and therapies that included yoga, self defense, weight training and gymnastics to develop his method of consicous muscle control.
What is Pilates ? A unique method of body conditionning that combines muscle strengthening and lengthening with breathing to develop the core of the body and restore muscle balance to the musculoskeletal system.
The core refers to the muscles that span from the rib cage to the base of the pelvis.
Pilates breathing facilitates extremity motion and natural movements of the spine on inhalation and exhalation. It also helps prevent Valsalva, promotes relaxation and encourages concentration.
Fundamental Pilates exercises emphasize stability while advanced exercises build on stability to promote mobility, balance, coordination, and muscle stamina.
In recent years Pilates mat exercises have been introduced with equipment that includes stability balls, small balls, exercise bands and foam rollers.
People who perform Pilates exercises can apply the principles of core training to everyday movements of life, work, and athletics.
Benefits of Pilates :
From "Pilates for Rehab, a guidebook to integrating Pilates in patient care", by Elizabeth Smith and Kristin Smith