Absolutely, introducing mindful exercises like Pilates to children can help them grow and develop into strong healthy adults. Poor spinal alignment leads to bad posture, this can be offset in children by teaching them correct movement patterns early on through Pilates.
The founding father of Pilates, Joseph Pilates, introduced Pilates during World War I mainly to rehabilitate prisoners. He called this form of movement ‘contrology’. Given this back story, Pilates can be practiced by anyone suffering from any form of chronic muscle/bone related injuries.
Ideally thrice a week but even once or twice a week is beneficial. Joseph Pilates said, “In ten sessions, you will feel the difference, in twenty you will see the difference, and in thirty you’ll have a whole new body.” Pilates is a form of fitness and exercise which is safe enough to practice every day. Practicing every day establishes a rhythm helping you and your body get used to the exercises. Once you achieve a level of consistency, you can practice it every other day. In fact Joseph Pilates recommended it thrice a week.
Sessions can be in private or a group setting. Every session lasts for an hour.
Pilates is considered as one of the safest form of exercises to do, both before and after pregnancy. Being very adaptable, Pilates exercises can be modified based on your abilities and be adjusted to work for your body.
Pilates focuses on developing core strength, and helping tone the abdominal, back and pelvic muscles which supports a more comfortable pregnancy and delivery.
Pilates can usually be categorized into two forms – Classical and Modern/ Contemporary. Classical Pilates strictly adheres to the original order and intention of each of the exercises as taught by the founding father Joseph Pilates. Over the years, Pilates has embraced diverse styles borrowing from different forms of fitness, where the original order of exercises is different from Classical Pilates.
We recommend that you wear comfortable, yet form-fitting exercise clothes. That way we can make sure you are performing the exercises in the right alignment. You may choose to exercise either in bare feet or non-skid socks.
Pilates primarily focuses on overall development of the body thereby increasing strength and flexibility. There are, however, some benefits from Pilates that support weight loss. For instance: Pilates creates lean muscle mass which increases the body’s calorie-burning potential. Pilates also promotes efficient respiration (the process of breathing), which is essential for calorie burning and tissue regeneration. Pilates results in improved posture, which can leave you looking longer and leaner. So, if you are looking to lose weight, combining Pilates with cardiovascular exercise will help you maximize weight loss.
Pilates is unlike other forms of exercise. We are confident that you will appreciate and benefit from the initial investment in private instruction sessions because: engaging in initial private sessions gives the instructor an opportunity to determine your personal body alignment issues, strengths and weaknesses. During these sessions, a lot of crucial information will be shared which would include:
the Pilates principles, introduction to the exercises, concepts of breathing, spine placement, stabilization of the pelvis, safe use of equipment as well as any custom modifications that you may require. Private sessions also allow the instructor to assess how you can derive maximum benefit from group instructions by maintaining the flow of the class with the help of intentional and coordinated movements in each exercise.
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