IS PILATES THE BEST FORM OF EXERCISE?

You may have noticed that ‘Pilates’ has become a buzz word lately and, although it is has recently become very popular, this exercise method actually dates back to World War 1. The founder of pilates, Joseph Pilates, was working in a hospital during the war where he found himself engineering different ways to provide resistance exercise to bed ridden patients. Joseph managed to rig up springs onto the hospital beds, which is how the pilates reformer was born. This method was not only popular for rehabilitation, but also with dancers, who were striving to create long, lean muscles and a strong, streamlined physique.


Pilates is a form of low-impact exercise designed to strengthen the body, particularly the core muscles, to improve posture and flexibility. It can be done at home with little to no equipment, or in a studio with specialised Pilates equipment including the Reformer, Wunda chair, Magic Circle, exercise ball and resistance bands. When done correctly, this is a very safe way to improve your fitness and can be tailored to your individual health and fitness needs.



BENEFITS OF PILATES

More recently, Pilates has been adopted by exercise physiologists, physiotherapists and fitness trainers for various intentions. One of the best things about Pilates is that it is suitable for everybody, including women, men, seniors, pregnant women and people living with disabilities. Some of the benefits of pilates include:

  • reduced lower back pain

  • increased flexibility and mobility

  • improved posture

  • greater awareness of core control

  • better balance and stability

  • improved coordination

  • increased strength.

While Pilates is great for general health and fitness, it can also be introduced as an effective exercise mode for a number of different chronic conditions, such as:

  • osteoarthritis

  • osteoporosis

  • injury rehabilitation

  • pre and post-natal fitness

  • women’s health

  • cancer

  • neurological conditions



THE 8 MAIN PRINCIPLES OF PILATES

Pilates is based on the following 8 principles:

  1. concentration

  2. centring

  3. breathing

  4. control

  5. precision

  6. flowing movement

  7. isolation

  8. routine

You will find that your Pilates class will integrate these principles and focus on small repetitive movements that work to isolate certain body parts, where you will feel that ‘Pilates burn.’


PILATES AT FULL CIRCLE WELLNESS

Full Circle Wellness offers small pilates classes at Dicky Beach, Caloundra. Run by an accredited exercise physiologist, we work in small group classes, with a maximum of 4 clients to give you individualised attention. Our classes integrate the Pilates reformer, wunder chair and mat exercises to give you a safe, effective, full body workout. We are able to modify every exercise and piece of equipment to suit you and your body. If you are interested in joining one of our classes please give us a call on 5456 1599 or send us a message.




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