Pilates combines six concepts — centering, control, flow, breath, precision, and concentration — to strengthen the deep abdominal and back muscles for core strength and torso stability.
Mat Pilates is a type of mind-body exercise promising the regular participant a longer, leaner healthier body.
Exercises that focus on the mind-body connection help you get more centered and relieve stress.
They also help you strengthen your body without the joint stress of exercises like running and weights.
The exercises in mat Pilates focus on strengthening the muscles of the hips, back, abdominals, and gluteus or what is known in Pilates as the powerhouse.
The exercises look simple, but they require stabilization of the torso and focused effort to keep the abdominals contracted and working throughout each of the exercises.
One of the most important parts of Pilates is BREATHING!
Pilates breathing involves inhaling deeply through the nose, filling up or expanding your ribcage into the back and sides.
Pilates exhale is through the mouth, which gives an abdominal connection important to stabilize the spine during the hardest part of a movement or the twist or bend.
Pilates breathing stimulates and energizes the body through systematic series of exercises that allow you to move fluidly and precisely from one move to another.
Pilates can really make a difference in your health without taking a toll on your body.
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