Most of us make the mistake of confusing yoga
with pilates- yes both work towards making the body more supple, flexible and
strong and both require the body and brain to work together. However, Yoga has
an oriental origin, whereas Pilates, founded by Joseph Pilates, is occidental.
What is Pilates
Pilates is all about setting right wrong
postures and invigorating the mind and spirit. It helps individuals build lean,
long muscles and makes them less prone to injuries. In fact, it was first used
by Joseph Pilates in an effort to rehabilitate injured soldiers after the First
World War. Even today it’s regarded as the best form of rehabilitative exercise
and is touted vigorously by health professionals. As it is very safe and easily
doable, just about everyone that wants to improve movement and flexibility
The founder of pilates was very creative and
invented many exercises that could help people in different ways. Some of them
are done on the mat while others are done using specific equipment or machines.
There is no fixed way to begin- you can do what appeals to you best and then
over time add on more exercises.
These are the traditional
Pilates Mat Classes
Although most pilates mat classes are done on
mats in the classical style, our instructors at Movingbodychoose to modify
these depending on student’s level, need and ability to cope. The Pilates mat
is slightly thicker than the yoga mat. Our studios offer Mat classes and they’re
considered a good way to begin.
Pilates Equipment or Reformer Classes
When you come to our Pilates studio, you’re sure
to see different pieces of pilates equipment such as The Pilates Chair, the
Reformer, the Pole System and others- all of which are spring-based. Our
studios also have small pilates equipment such as exercise balls, bands and
magic circles In Pilates, the body muscles work against gravity and if you use
the equipment, then your body works against the resistance offered by the
springs and bands.
Although the traditional Pilates classes are
offer hybrid classes where Pilates is mixed with other options
such as yoga or boxing and the like. However, these fusion combinations, though
fun, take you away from the core Pilates and the net effect is rather diluted.
Pilates classes are either conducted in groups
or private- while groups are fun, they may not be the right thing for you if
you’re recovering from an injury or have other issues. One-to-one classes are
the best initially and then you can graduate to the group.
Although the exercises are not as intense as
dumbbell lifting or doing squats, the core-focused moves tell on your body. You
may be a little sore for a few days running, but after a week or so, your body
learns to adapt. Wear tight-fit clothing so that our instructors can watch your
offers you a well-rounded fitness plan that will make your
efforts more effective.
click here for the detail Pilates classes available at The Moving