Benefits of Pilates
Practiced faithfully, Pilates yields numerous benefits. Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep, healthy breathing is a primary focus (breathing oxygenates our blood, increases circulation, allows relaxation, restoration, and rejuvenation). Strength and flexibility, particularly of the abdomen and back muscles, and coordination - both muscular and mental, are key components in an effective Pilates program. Posture, balance, and core strength are all heartily increased. Bone density and joint health improve, and many experience positive body awareness for the first time. Quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Pilates teaches balance and control of the body and mind by being fully present while emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth flowing movement.