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What is Pilates?

Pilates is a body conditioning routine that may help build flexibility, muscle strength and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back.

How can Pilates help you?

The Pilates Method is a conditioning system that strengthens and stretches the body uniformly. It helps to correct posture and alignment while incorporating breathing patterns that stimulate the mind and relax the body. The Method is a series of exercises that can be done on a variety of special equipment or on the floor.

Here at South Bay Pain & Wellness, we incorporate the Pilates technique into your rehabilitation program.

The important principles of Pilates share very close similarities with exercise programs that promote back health. A top focus of Pilates is neutral spine-alignment. “Neutral spine alignment” is the medical term for what is commonly called “good posture” and refers to the natural curvatures that a healthy spine should have.

Many people have lost the ability to achieve neutral spine alignment after years of bad daily habits and improper posture. Proper posture, combined with deep, back and abdominal muscle-strengthening-exercises, often lead to reduced back pain and improved quality of life for many people.

Private, Pilates sessions are personally tailored to improve your fitness level or rehabilitate an injury.

Pilates can help you improve core strength, body awareness and flexibility. During your session, we’ll address neuro-muscular re-education, spinal stabilization, upper and lower extremity mechanics, coordination, and balance. Awareness of excessive tension and the use of proper focus can help you use the body more efficiently and reduce pain in the long term.

Get a strong, flexible and well-toned body.

The Pilates Method incorporates a series of exercises that emphasizes on abdominal strength and control along with spinal articulation. This aligns the body and trains it to maintain a strong supported position. The result of practicing the Pilates Method is a strong, yet flexible, well-toned body, without muscle bulk.

And the adaptability of Pilates means it can benefit anyone… no matter what your level of expertise. Wether you are super fit, need help with an injury or chronic condition, or just want to get in better shape, Pilates can help.

Enjoy a refreshing, mind-body workout.

By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement, you become acutely in tune with your body. You actually learn how to control its movement.

In Pilates, the quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Proper breathing is essential, and it helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency. Last but not least, learning to breathe properly can reduce stress.

Develop a solid core, flat abs and a strong back.

Pilates exercises develop a strong “core,” or center of the body. The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. Control of the core is achieved by integrating the trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle.

Gain long, lean muscles and flexibility.

More conventional or traditional workouts are weight-bearing and tend to build short, bulky muscles, the type most prone to injury. Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured.

Create an evenly-conditioned body, improve sports performance and prevent injuries.

In the same vein, a lot of these same conventional workouts tend to work the same muscles. This leads weak muscles tend to get weaker and strong muscles tend to get stronger. The result is muscular imbalance – a primary cause of injury and chronic back pain.

Learn how to move efficiently.

Pilates exercises train several, muscle groups at once in smooth, continuous movements. By developing proper technique, you can actually re-train your body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion. This is invaluable for injury recovery, sports performance, good posture, and optimal health.

Best of all, Pilates is gentle.

You’ll perform many of the exercises in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low impact and only partially weight-bearing. Pilates is so safe, it is used in physical therapy facilities to rehabilitate injuries.

But, it’s also challenging…

Pilates is an extremely flexible exercise system. Modifications to the exercises allow for a range of difficulty from beginning to advanced. At South Bay Pain & Wellness, we’ll help ensure that you receive the right training to maximize your stamina and core strength.

Want to give Pilates a try? Contact us here for more information.