This winter stay healthy using the Pilates method as a natural preventative measure to keep yourself warm inside and out, and keep your immune system boosted.
Pilates has sound science-based effects on the internal systems as much as it does the musculoskeletal system. Yes, it will make us look good – tighten abs, lengthen the spine, improve posture. But the unseen, deep and health providing effects of doing Pilates are immeasurable.
Pilates exercises, while including the major muscle groups of the whole body, focus the work of the intrinsic muscles of the body which sit deep within joints and internal structures. Being able to work into these deep regions means that we will create much deeper circulatory responses and movement of fluids like lymph that clean out our bodies of toxins. It also offers us a direct stimulatory effect on internal organs, and thereby stimulation of the functions and chemical responses of systems such as the respiratory, digestive and endocrine systems, which have a direct effect on our immunity and wellbeing.
Practicing Pilates can also help you to stay injury free so that you can enjoy a long winter season whether it be on the slopes of off.
Next week kicks us off to a start with two fantastic juices to look forward to after your pilates class – The Morning coffee and The Joseph – packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that make for a great liver cleanse and a citrus based juice that will give your metabolism a jump-start.
The four workshops this week will focus on a few fundamentals of Pilates – Breathing, Concentration, Centring and Alignment.
Whilst breathing is the essence of life itself it is also a movement process and has great bearing on the efficiency of each movement performed. Learning how to breath more effectively within movement helps both mind and body to relax, recharge and focus. Don’t get me wrong though this class is not all about lying on the mat breathing we will be challenging this movement with some hard exercises!
In the lower limbs and upper body classes we will be focusing on mobilising and strengthening your hips, knees and ankles and opening, stretching and mobilising your upper body. In order to do this efficiently we have to look at alignment and precision of movement. Correct alignment at the start of and throughout the movement is absolutely essential. By correctly aligning the body and bringing the joints and soft tissue into their natural neutral zones, sound recruitment patterns are encouraged and the joints remain healthy.
In the spinal mobilisation class we will focus on centring by maintaining support and control of the body as movement takes place. It does so by encouraging the recruitment of deep core muscles that help to control and stabilise movement. All pilates movement stems from a strong centre and from this centre we can challenge the range of movement of the joints including your spine.
Come and join us outside for the Summer Pilates Workshops being held in Chatillon.
The classes are all based on different aspects of Pilates from breathing and relaxation to strengthening your core muscles and re-balancing your body. Each of the workshops will be between 45-60 minutes and they will be repeated at least twice during the summer so if you cant make one date hopefully you will be around for a different one.
A glass of juice will be provided at the end of each class.
Click here for workshop information, class times and booking.
Whether you want to compete or just want to improve for leisure Pilates has been proven to help sports performance. By focusing on specific movements related to your chosen sport, breaking these movements down into simpler bio-mechanical events (building blocks) and working on how these are used and combined, Pilates can be instrumental in improving your stability, flexibility and strength in these areas.
In my Pilates for Performance classes I work on these building blocks to help you reach your goals as efficiently as possible whilst increasing your strength and flexibility and reducing the risk of injury.
In this way, Pilates works along side any other exercise program you may already have.
If you are interested in coming to this class please click here for class times