Modern Pilates

Joseph Pilates The concept of Pilates developed by Joseph Pilates at the turn of the century, was innovative for the times. Born a sickly child, he spent his life developing simple exercises that would challenge both the body and the brain. Whilst Pilates was a genius and years ahead of his time, many of his exercises may be classed as controversial in the light of today's sports science. Joseph himself described many of the exercises as advanced, and it is worth remembering that he moved on from an early focus on injured soldiers, to a clientele largely composed of professional dancers, athletes and gymnasts.

Modern Pilates Cherry Baker and leading physiotherapist Chris Norris developed the initial Modern Pilates programme. The programme was created to take advantage of the major developments in sports science since Joseph Pilates time.

Benefits of Modern Pilates

  1. Improved muscle strength & endurance
  2. Greater mobility and flexibility, along with better posture & movement quality
  3. Improvements in lung function and general circulation
  4. A stronger pelvic floor
  5. A reduction in common injuries and less incidence of back pain
  6. An aid to relaxation and active stress reduction in a fast moving world
  7. It is recommended that participants also engage in regular cardiovascular training to help create a healthy and balanced fitness programme.

Modern Pilates addresses
  1. The mind and body in its exercise programme
  2. A wide range of clients and fitness levels
  3. Postural imbalance caused by modern lifestyle.
  4. It reawakens a normal and healthy posture by lengthening and/or strengthening key muscles, hence rebalancing them so that they operate effectively with minimum effort on the joints and Skelton.
  5. Precision and does not rely on repetition or momentum
  6. Trunk strength and stability
  7. Weak core abdominal muscles
  8. Shoulder girdle stability
  9. Pelivic alignment
  10. Maintenance of the natural form and flow of the spine
  11. Precision movements and appropriate muscle fibre recruitment order
  12. Modern Pilates aspires to encourage clients to transfer Modern Pilates movements into everyday lifestyles.

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