Pilates is one of the safest and most effective forms of exercise.
It was created in the 1920s by a man named Joseph Pilates, who commented that “in 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 you’ll see the difference and in 30 you’ll have a new body”.
At BodyViva, we believe in wholesome and long lasting health treatments that benefit overall wellbeing and improve quality of life. Which is why our clinic chooses to host weekly pilates classes.
Pilates for Fitness
If you’ve never undertaken a pilates session, you mightn’t be aware of the incredible fitness benefits. In fact, just one hour of an intermediate-level session can burn 360 calories. That’s more than an hour of weightlifting!
Unlike high impact exercises such as running and jogging, pilates doesn’t cause undue stress or strain to joints, thereby reducing the risk of injury. It creates strength and flexibility through the use of eccentric contraction and body-weight exercises.
Pilates is quite easy for beginners to master in a short amount of time and is suitable for all levels of ability and experience. It is important, however, to be instructed on pilates exercises in order to avoid incorrect technique or bad postural habits.
Taking a pilates class at BodyViva means our qualified pilates instructors can supervise you and correct your posture and technique if need be. They can also work with you to find a pace and level of intensity that you’re comfortable with.
Pilates for Balance
While pilates strengthens all muscle groups, the core muscles are the primary target. These include muscles of the deep abdominals, lower and upper back, hips, buttocks and inner thighs. Known as the ‘powerhouse’ muscles, they are considered to be the key to a person’s stability and balance. As these muscles become stronger, not only will you notice a difference in your ability to perform more advanced pilates routines; you’ll also feel the difference with everyday activities (i.e. sitting, standing, walking). Many sports professionals use pilates to improve performance as it promotes superior balance.