What is Pilates?

Pilates originated when a certain Joseph Hubertus Pilates develop his own exercise system based on the classical Greek ideal of a man balanced in body, mind and spirit. Joseph Pilates had asthma and other ailments so in order to battle with them, he devoted his body to exercises and athletics. It was also developed in order to improve the rehabilitation program for casualties.

How does it work ?

Pilates classes involve building strength, flexibility and lean muscle tone with an emphasis on lengthening the body and aligning the spine, rather than on bulking and shortening muscles. Pilates is one of the most commonly used treatment plans for patients that are undergoing recovery from injuries and illnesses.

This exercise system gives positive effect on all of our body systems, stimulating and eliminating toxins and waste. It improves digestion and increases metabolic rate plus it provides a constant booster to our immune system.

Pilates has six principles that are essential ingredients in high quality Pilates workout. Pilates method has always emphasised quality over quantity that’s why you’ll notice that Pilates workouts do not involve a lot of repetitions for each move. The method encourages practitioners to exercise fully and with precision.

Pilates Principles

Centering – energetically, Pilates exercises are sourced from the center. This principle basically means physical bringing the focus to the center of the body or the powerhouse area between the lower ribs and pubic bone.

Concentration – the practitioner is encouraged to commit fully to the workout being performed. A maximum value will be obtained from each movement if full attention is brought to the workout.

Control – in a nutshell no body part is left to its own device. The practitioner must have complete muscular control when doing any Pilates exercise.

Precision – as a practitioner, awareness must be sustained throughout the workout. Appropriate placement, alignment relative to other body parts, and trajectory for each body part must be followed while performing Pilates method.

Breath – using breath properly is an integral part of Pilates exercises. The founder of Pilates emphasised the used of full breaths in exercises.

Flow –Pilates exercises are done with fluidity, grace and ease. The energy of an exercise connects all body parts and flows through the body in an even way thus a proper execution of the three are essential to best results.

Kinect Physiotherapy Services offer individual private personalised pilates sessions. Our services not only treatment plans and rehabilitation plans for injured patients but also include health management plans to improve quality of life and to promote a healthy living.

If interested, do not hesitate to call us at (07) 3711 2699. We’ll gladly answer your questions and attend to your concerns.