We know that whether or not you tell us, we all suffer.
These are examples of what our clients normally report. The point is, most problems can be addressed through movement.
Male, female, young, old, athlete or not-so-athletic. The beauty of the Pilates system is that is does not alienate any particular person.
That said, Pilates exercises can be modified for any ability.
Utilizing the instructor and practitioner’s specific goals and/or limitations, pilates programs are designed around each individuals needs. Likewise, intensity can be increased over time as the body adapts itself to the exercises.
The overarching goal with Clinical Pilates, as with all movement interventions, is to continuously challenge our bodies to perform better.
Specifically speaking, the “core” consists of the respiratory diaphragm, pelvic floor, the deepest of the abdominal muscles and the tiny muscles between each vertebrae (transervsus abdominus and multifidi, respectively). These muscles function to create intra-abdominal pressure and thus stability for the spine.
The primary goal of Pilates is to integrate these four muscle to improve core control. That occurs when we are able to improve posture, alignment, breathing, centering and coordination– all of which are principles of Pilates.
In his book, Return to Life through Contrology, Joseph Pilates (creator of the technique) presents his method as the art of controlled movements. He envisioned it serving as a therapeutic workout that didn’t feel like therapy.
When practiced with consistency, Pilates improves:
It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance.