We are privileged to have the services of Physiotherapist Quoc Ho to conduct one-on-one Clinical Pilates sessions. Quoc is available in our onsite studio on Fridays. Click here to book a Clinical Pilates appointment with Quoc.
Call 9329-7077 to book in with Quoc.
What is Pilates?
Pilates (or the Pilates method) is a series of over 500 mat or equipment based exercises inspired by calisthenics, yoga and ballet. Pilates improves flexibility, strength, balance and body awareness. It was introduced into America in the 1920s by physical trainer Joseph Pilates as a way to help injured athletes and dancers safely return to exercise and maintain their fitness. Since then, Pilates has been adapted to suit people in the general community.
Pilates can be an aerobic and non-aerobic form of exercise. It requires concentration and focus, because the body is moved through precise ranges of motion. Always consult your doctor before embarking on any new fitness program, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition or have not exercised in a long time.
Benefits of Pilates
Some of the benefits of Pilates include:
- Improved flexibility.
- Increased muscle strength, particularly of the abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the ‘core muscles’ of the body).
- Balanced muscular strength on both sides of the body.
- Enhanced muscular control of the back and limbs.
- Improved stabilisation of the spine.
- Greater awareness of posture.
- Improved physical coordination and balance.
- Relaxation of the shoulders, neck and upper back.
- Safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries.
- Helps prevent musculoskeletal injuries.
Pilates caters for everyone
Pilates caters for everyone, from the beginner to the advanced. You can perform exercises using your own body weight, or with the aid of various pieces of equipment.
A typical Pilates workout includes a number of exercises and stretches with sessions lasting up to 50-55 minutes. Each exercise is performed with attention to proper breathing techniques and abdominal muscle control.
Pilates challenges the body
Pilates is partly inspired by yoga, but is different in one key respect – yoga is made up of a series of static postures, while Pilates is based on putting yourself into unstable postures and challenging your body by moving the limbs.
For instance, imagine you are lying on your back, with bent knees and both feet on the floor. A Pilates exercise may involve straightening one leg so that your toes point to the ceiling, and using the other leg to slowly raise and lower your body. You need tight abdominal and buttock muscles to keep your hips square, and focused attention to stop yourself from tipping over.
Quality is everything
Pilates consists of moving through a slow, sustained series of exercises using abdominal control and proper breathing. The quality of each posture is important, not the number of repetitions or how energetically you can move.
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