What is Pilates
People often ask, “What is Pilates”
Sometimes I wish I had a quick and concise response, but I find myself considering the significance of Pilates and everything that it can teach people. The definition ends up getting lost in translation somehow and I am left listing off its benefits, which is just the tip of the iceberg.
Pilates is exercise, Pilates works your core, Pilates helps with flexibility, Pilates is movement therapy. The list goes on and on.
All of these things Pilates can do for you, but these are just some of the results compared to the long lasting effects of learning these techniques. At first it’s an exploration in learning about your own body and it’s responses. Often when we exercise we don’t think about what we are doing, how the muscles, nerves, fascia and bones all communicate with each other to make something happen. We take for granted our movement, until something is injured or we feel pain, then all of a sudden we are listening to our bodies. In that place of pain we are much more in tune and thoughtful. As time goes on we heel and then go back to our old ways.
Pilates is a tool to help you listen to your bodies to understand the mechanics, to truly integrate the mind and the body as one. It deepens your understanding of the structures and pathways that make up every movement. It helps you appreciate the nuances in even the simplest exercises.
If you have an iPhone or a computer device, normally we spend time learning how to use it effectively, we add apps, software and tools to help us communicate and be more organized or efficient. The body is our device and so many of us do not know how to use it. It’s the only body we have and when it breaks we can’t just go down to the Apple store and buy a new one. There isn’t a quick and inexpensive fix to a broken bone, a torn ligament or a strained muscle. Heeling takes time, therapy and sometimes surgery.
So why Pilates?
Pilates is the training that will teach you about your body and how it works, how to be effective, efficient and organised. These tools can be used in every aspect of your life. In the process you will build a stronger core, a more flexible spine and improve overall muscle tone and balance. So yes, it does of all that but the results are far more out reaching than you could ever imagine.
We offer Pilates classes in Notting Hill Gate
Come try our reformer classes at Core Kensington and discover why we love what we do.
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