Want to Look and Feel Great? Integrating Pilates into Your Regimen May Be Perfect for You
Pilates has become a popular form of fitness in Ottawa, and yet despite the hype, many people still don’t know what Pilates is. Ottawa studios that use the method on its own, or in tandem with other techniques (such as barre), favour it for the way that it conditions the body and mind to work together to achieve balance, strength, and flexibility. It has helped countless people to move with ease, grace, and efficiency—people of many different ages, with many different lifestyles, and with many different goals in mind for their fitness. So what makes it so popular?
A Brief History
The Pilates Method was originally developed by Joseph Pilates, the German-born son of a gymnast and naturopath. Combining these teachings, as well as others, such as yoga, with the belief that a healthy body and a healthy mind go hand-in-hand, in the early twentieth century, he taught his methods to dancers, athletes, and even his cell mates in World War I internment camps. Eventually, the method caught on, as more people discovered the benefits of the Pilates Method.
How Does It Work?
Ottawa fitness instructors teach that Pilates comes down to a series of key movements that require the body and the mind to act in unison. Unlike traditional strength training—which uses isolated movements in sets of repetitions to strengthen individual muscle groups—this method focuses on precise movements that exercise most (if not all) of your body at once. Instead of focusing on repetition, you focus instead on the six principles: concentration, control, centering, flow (efficiency of movement), precision, and breathing. For this reason, working with an experienced and accredited instructor is essential—they will help you to achieve all six principles, using verbal and tactile cues to guide you through each movement and getting the most out of it.
Benefits of Pilates
What does Pilates do for those who practice it? Well, a big bonus is core strength. This phrase has become more common lately, but it’s much more than a buzz word—it’s something that has gone overlooked by many people for years, but is vital. Your core is made up of the deep muscle tissue in your abdomen and your lower back. The stronger your core is, the better your posture will be, and the less likely you’ll be to experience back pain since your spine is being properly supported. It also conditions the whole body to be stronger, firmer, and leaner, so you look and feel great from head to toe. Finally, the whole method is adaptable to a variety of needs, making it a safe and effective way to pursue better fitness in Ottawa!