Pilates can usually be categorized into two forms – Classical and Contemporary. Classical Pilates strictly adheres to the original order, level and intention of each of the exercises as taught by the founding father, Joseph Pilates. The sequence or level builds intelligently with foundational exercises at the beginning and more complex ones as the Practitioner gains strength and control. While Contemporary Pilates has embraced diverse styles and have modernized the exercises by creating variations. Exercises in the Contemporary form is also heavily influenced by bio-mechanics.
While both Pilates and Yoga work towards the goal of uniting the Mind, Body & Spirit, the movement approach in both these techniques vary.
For starters both these movement practices follow different breathing styles. Pilates was originally developed to rehabilitate the injured while Yoga is seen as a path to spiritual enlightenment through a series of Asanas. In contrast to Yoga, Pilates is practiced on the Mat as well as several other resistance-based equipment.
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 this fitness form during World War I, mainly to rehabilitate prisoners. He called this 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 famously 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 himself 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 practice, both during and after pregnancy. Expectant Mother’s face asymmetries in the body as opposed to pure hormonal laxity. Pilates addresses this through all round body training, focusing especially on the areas affected by changes in the body – tighter hips, rounded shoulder, compromised pelvic floor and altered posture and balance. Apart from that, Pilates also helps to restore the body’s pre-pregnancy shape and posture.
Yes, men can definitely practice Pilates. Men normally engage in high impact exercise regimes which mostly activates one’s dominant muscle groups which in turn creates muscle imbalances. The non-dominant muscles tend to become tight, weak and prone to injuries. Practicing Pilates regularly helps in lengthening and strengthening the muscles correctly, increases the range of motion in the joints and promotes overall development of the body.
High intensity workouts don’t pay close attention to effective breathing mechanisms. Pilates on the other hand promotes attentive breathing while performing each movement. This allows one to concentrate on the task at hand and in turn allows the chance to practice some mindfulness.
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 uniform 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 leaner and toned.
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 teacher 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 teacher 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.