You’ve probably walked past the Pilates Reformer studios in our clubs and may even have wondered what possible benefit those torture device-looking machines could offer. Rest assured, the benefits of […]
Pilates can really make a difference in your health without taking a toll on your body. A refreshing mind-body workout By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and […]
Swim with better control and faster times – without straining your body. For swimmers, proper body alignment is critical. Swimmers need to work with the water and the slightest misalignment […]
Run faster and farther with less chance of injury. Whether you’re a competitive runner or weekend jogger trying to shed a few pounds, there’s no doubt that running is an […]
The benefits of Pilates are what draw Hollywood starlets and average people alike, to keep up a routine for life. A list of benefits for this form of exercise could go and on, so I’ve drafted a top ten list. After looking over the perks of Pilates, I hope you decide to start your own routine and enjoy it for years to come.
Practicing the art of correct breathing is not something we tend to regularly. Deep, controlled breathing activates blood circulation and awakens cells and muscles. It enhances the awareness of postural stability gained through the development of strength in the deep back and abdominal muscles.
If you’ve ever peeked into the Pilates Reformer Studio in our Mishawaka facility, the equipment may have looked strange to you. The Reformer and Cadillac, in particular, resemble to some a hospital bed. As it turns out, there’s a reason for that—Joseph Pilates, the creator of Pilates, developed his exercise program to rehabilitate injured soldiers during WWI and people confined to hospital beds and cots. With those limitations in mind, he experimented with springs, straps and bars to facilitate the movement, tone, and strengthening of weakened muscles.
“A Man is as Young as his Spinal Column.” That quote from Joseph Pilates grabs our attention right away (and, of course, we’d include anyone in his statement, not just men!)
Want to sleep better? Try Pilates. The increased body awareness, focused breathing, and body-massaging moves found in Pilates can bring you a deeper, more satisfying sleep. One good move to incorporate into your Pilates practice, as well as doing before bed, is called the “spine stretch.”