Based on the principles of centre, alignment, control, flowing movement, focus and breathing, Pilates helps realign the body, improve posture, create better body awareness and focus the mind.
Focusing on the deep abdominal muscles which support and stabilise the spine, Pilates strengthens, elongates and rebalances the body, bringing it into correct alignment, so that the muscular and skeletal systems can function optimally. Pilates is particularly beneficial for those with back problems, in the rehabilitation and prevention of injury and is a safe form of exercise for conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis and scoliosis.
Pilates is a holistic form of exercise and classes with Emily focus not only on strengthening the body as a whole, but also on the effect that Pilates can have on the mind, bringing an inner-awareness and sense of well-being to the practitioner. Exercises are mainly based around small controlled movements and the belief that it is better to perform 2 repetitions of an exercise correctly, than 20 repetitions incorrectly. Students will experience increased strength, stability and muscle tone as well as better coordination, balance, improved mind-body awareness and the release of stress and tension.
Benefits of Pilates:
Improves posture, mobility and flexibility
Promotes a more efficient and supportive core
Increases stability for the pelvis and shoulders
Fosters the health of joints through increased mobility and support from the surrounding musculature
Builds better balance and coordination
Alleviates aches and pains
Helps maintain and can improve bone density
Relieves stress and tension and increases well-being
Increases body awareness
Integrates mind, body and spirit