The Pilates Method. What's all the fuss about?

Pilates has become very popular in the past decade and for good reason, but why exactly is it so popular? What is it about Pilates that sends thousands running to their mats every day, ready and willing to do the ever famous ʻHundredsʼ exercise?

Joseph Pilates invented these exercises many decades ago out of pure need, the mother of all great inventions. He had some undesirable physical difficulties of his own and was quite small in stature and wanted to improve this situation. He set out to solve his problems by meticulously researching the mechanics of the human body and over the course of many years developed the Pilates Method, most of which has remained in what is practiced today.

He based his exercises on the simple principle that in order for the body to function at its best, it must be properly aligned. Simple, right? Well youʼd think so, but after all these years youʼd be quite surprised to see how many people are still taught to exercise in the strangest and most mis-aligned of positions... Not only does this set a whole series of events in motion that lead to physical imbalance and faulty conditioning, but itʼs sure mighty likely that injury is just a few (misaligned) steps down the road.

What Pilates will teach you to begin with is where your particular body needs to be in its most natural alignment, within the parameters of the natural curve of your spine. It will then get you to do exercises to strengthen this natural alignment and nudge you out of all the not-so-helpful physical habits and patterns that you have accumulated during your lifetime. Most of which, if they havenʼt already, will lead to pain, injury and disfigurement.

For example letʼs take a look at the “Computer Craning” phenomenon. Very popular amongst wide sectors of the population these days. This is what it looks like: Head jutting forward, back of neck crunched, shoulders slouched, chest concave. You know the look. So if one well-intentioned “computer craner” goes from the Office to the Gym, how will they suddenly move into proper alignment to do their workout? They wonʼt be able to because they havenʼt trained their body how to get there. Pilates exercises will educate you/your body about where all those various parts should naturally be, and once you begin doing the exercises regularly, very soon youʼll find yourself sitting at your computer desk, running on the treadmill or just doing everyday movement in an entirely different way.

Connecting to and strengthening core muscles (which include all the abdominal muscles and the back muscles) is the foundation on which all of the Pilates exercises are based upon. And since the spine is supported by these core muscles, by establishing a strong core in a properly aligned method, you are now perfectly set up to move in the healthiest and most effective way possible. From there the numerous and various exercises continue to work with your whole body, incorporating all-over muscle toning, balance and flexibility.

Core Strength, Injury Prevention, Relief from Back Pain, Better Posture, Improved Agility, Balance and Coordination, Heightened Mind-Body Awareness, Toned Muscles, Greater Flexibility, Stronger and Longer Muscles. Pilates is also used as a highly effective tool in Post-Rehabilitation, Pre and Post-Natal and in Athletic Performance. Not to mention most importantly how good you will feel...

Thatʼs what all the fuss is about. So try it out for yourself....and Iʼll tell you all about the ʻHundredsʼ exercise and much, much more