Pilates has become a popular form of exercise since it was first developed in the early 1900′s. It can be done on a “Pilates machine” or “Reformer,” but the preferred method, and the one that is best for beginners, is often Mat Pilates. Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the whole human body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong body and improving coordination and balance.
The practice of yoga makes the body strong and flexible, it also improves the functioning of the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and hormonal systems. Yoga brings about emotional stability and clarity of mind.
Unlike many other forms of exercise, Pilates & Yoga requires a certain amount of mindfulness, focus, and awareness of the body. For this reason, Pilates & Yoga are a fantastic way to tone and condition the body with simple yet challenging movements. Pilates & Yoga teaches us to engage the proper muscles in order to get the most out of a workout and to protect ourselves from injury. Pilates & Yoga is all about using the “Powerhouse” of the body – comprised of the abdomen, back, hips, and thighs. Pilates & Yoga not only works on strengthening the core but also stabilizing it. Developing core stability is critical for building a solid foundation for other workouts as well as activities of daily life. Without a stable core, our bodies are more prone to falls, injury, and pain. An added benefit as well is a more toned body & weight loss!
That being said, it is important to be sure you are performing Pilates & Yoga exercises correctly – improper form can do more harm than good. Before going out and buying a Pilates DVD or unrolling your mat in the back of a class at the gym, make sure you have set a good foundation in Pilates & Yoga form and technique. At Kauai Therapy & Wellness, our physical therapists are also certified in movement based Pilates & Yoga. You have a one on one therapist with the personal attention you deserve as well as cater to your level of ability. Beneficial for ALL ages! If you suffer from pain, injury or weakness and haven’t given therapy a try, why not try Pilates & Yoga based therapy? What are you waiting for? Call Now Kauai Location: 808.333.3688 , Northern Idaho Location: 208.205.9559.
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