|Pilates and Yoga Classes in Belfast|
What is Pilates?
The Pilates Method is a system of movement and exercise, developed in the 1920s by German physical
therapist Joseph Pilates. His ambition was to create a set of exercises that work the body from the inside
out, leading to a deep structural fitness as opposed to the superficial and cosmetic fitness often obtained
by conventional fitness programmes.
Benefits of Pilates
Pilates is designed to strengthen the body's core by developing pelvic stability and abdominal control.
The body will redevelop its natural foundation, which is often hindered by poor posture and motor control
issues resulting from modern day living, injury, illness or heredity. This concentration of work within the
core (abdominals, lower back, and hip musculature) results in more fluid, efficient movements. Pilates builds
coordination, strength and improves flexibility and joint mobility through slow, controlled movements
and proper breathing. By combining elements of yoga, breath work, weight training and gymnastics,
Pilates is a truly holistic form of exercise, producing amazing results.
Key benefits include:
Relief from aches & pains
Improved muscle flexibility
Who can benefit?Pilates is a whole body workout that is challenging on muscles, yet gentle on joints, it can benefit all individuals, ranging from the elderly and those who suffer from lower back discomfort, to fitness enthusiasts.
The increased strength, flexibility, alignment and physical awareness from a specific pilates programme is also great for athletes, such as golfers, tennis players, tri-athletes and even dancers to improve their performance and prevent future risk of injury.
Pilates is an art, Pilates is movement
Pilates is exercise, Pilates is not purely physical