Pilates

Stay Well Health offers a combination of classical and contemporary Pilates using a Reformer, matwork and small equipment. Pilates is for everyone, whether you want to improve posture, prevent injury, improve sports performance, or would like pre- and post-natal support.

The Reformer uses springs to provide variable resistance to challenge and assist the body. A whole body and mind workout which strengthens, elongates and  improves flexibility and joint mobility.

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Pilates is a balanced form of exercise which incorporates low-impact movements to build flexibility, muscular strength and endurance. Pilates focuses on correct postural alignment and core strength and is named after it’s creator Joseph Pilates who developed the system in the 1920s.

Principles of Pilates include:

Breathing

Movement is coordinated with breath to circulate oxygen throughout the body.

Concentration

Pilates demands intense focus, execution is more important than the exercises themselves.

Control

All exercises are done with control;  resistance is  designed to not “cost” the body anything yet be beneficial for the nervous system.

 

 

 

Centering

The center of gravity is the focal point of the Pilates method. Many Pilates teachers refer to the group of muscles in the center of the body—encompassing the abdomen, lower and upper back, hips, buttocks, and inner thighs—as the “powerhouse”.  All movement in Pilates should begin from the center and move outward to the limbs.

Precision

This is a case of quality vs quantity. The focus is on doing one precise and perfect movement, rather than many half-hearted ones. The goal is for this precision to eventually become second nature and carry over into everyday life as grace and economy of movement.

 

Relaxation

Correct muscle firing patterns and improved mental concentration are enhanced with relaxation.

Flow

Pilates exercises are intended to flow within and into each other in order to build strength and stamina.

Postural alignment
Using correct posture while doing Pilates exercises improves safety by correcting muscle imbalances and optimizing coordination.

Stamina

With increased precision, posture and flow, motion becomes more efficient so there is less stress to perform the exercises.