Evolved from techniques created by Joseph H. Pilates more than 80 years ago, Pilates exercise dramatically improves strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and posture. It creates a body that looks long and lean, with slender thighs, flat abdominals and a strong back. It’s gentle enough for mothers-to-be, yet challenging enough for the super-fit. It’s a program that works for everyone, regardless of age or condition.
HOWEVER, all these benefits totally depend on WHO is teaching you. First and foremost it is all about finding neutral spine. That is where all the benefits come from in ANY form of movement. Not just Pilates.
Footwork, leg circles, frogs, etc. have no benefit to you if you are not coached properly from someone who has a good eye on whether you are holding proper core alignment. Range of motion in all your movement should match your ability in your core strength level. For example; why are you aiming for big, large leg circles when your arching your back and doming your belly throughout the movement? Hate to tell you this, but you are causing more harm than good. Smaller movement equals more stability.
Time and time again I see Pilates teachers too concerned about showing all the great choreography, and taking you to the next level of difficult movement when you are not ready. This is sometimes due to lack of experience, or what provider they have trained under.
If you are in the market for private sessions, be sure to look for someone whom preferably has an extensive fitness and/or rehabilitation background as well as Pilates, and also does not give you the “cookie cutter” workout. That is not what you are paying for in private sessions. If classes are your choice, it might be a good idea to take a couple of private sessions first to get your fundamentals strong.
Joseph Pilates often said, “The way to achieve a stronger body is through the mind.” So let us also be “mindful” in our choice of teachers in life.
Contact Synchronized Kneads for good Pilates/Fitness instruction.