Reinforcing the True Essence of Pilates: The Benefits of Practicing the Traditional Joseph Pilates Program

Posted by on Feb 26, 2020 in What is Pilates?

Reinforcing the True Essence of Pilates: The Benefits of Practicing the Traditional Joseph Pilates Program

To truly appreciate a concept, an idea, or a practice, we must first understand the why and how of it all. Likewise, in knowing the who behind it, we get the context and intent of its design and creation. The same holds true for Pilates—an approach to conditioning developed by its founder,Joseph H. Pilates. In this article, we will provide you with a better appreciation of Pilates to help you sustain it as a mind-body fitness habit: How Pilates Differs from Most Physical Fitness MethodsHow to Get the Most Out of Your Pilates SessionsHow the Traditional Pilates Principles Benefit You Mr. Pilates started out as a gymnast and bodybuilder, then became a self-defense instructor for police trainees (among other things). Growing up, he suffered from chronic asthma and contracted rheumatic fever and rickets. It’s no wonder why improving physical strength became both a necessity and a lifelong quest for Mr. Pilates. He believed that poor health can be attributed to bad posture, improper breathing, and a “modern lifestyle,” which characterises the sedentary, stress-riddled working professional of today. Pilates as a fitness method emerged around a hundred years ago. Its early applications included the rehabilitation of injured soldiers toward improving range of motion and managing pain. Drawing from a background in gymnastics, body-building, and the martial arts, Mr. Pilates devised a series of exercises and training techniques now known universally as Pilates. More than a straightforward workout, Pilates is about achieving mind-and-body harmony, freedom of movement, and a zest for life (which establishes the why of Pilates). It’s an activity not just for the athletically-inclined but, dare we say, everyone looking for a path to health, happiness, and new horizons. How Pilates Differs from Most Physical Fitness Methods Unlike the usual workout program that we follow at the gym, Pilates is not a collection of repetitive standalone movements. Mr. Pilates first coined the term contrology to describe his sequence of 34 exercises—each flowing to the next in purposeful succession. In its original design, the sequential flow of exercises were done on a mat using only one’s bodyweight. It’s imperative that each exercise is executed in the exact sequence, in the designated number of repetitions (usually no more than six reps), before moving onto the next exercise. The apparatus now used widely in the practice of Pilates—such as the Pilates reformer, Pilates chairs, barrels, tower, and Cadillac—evolved from the bed springs and contraptions that Mr. Pilates put together. Pilates himself engineered the first equipment and devised the specifications to teach his methods properly. We at Pilates Plus appreciate the philosophy behind the creation of Pilates. Our years of training and experience have taught us that the original method produced the intended results. We understand that, in this age where fast is the normal pace and convenience is a deciding factor, the original method has undergone changes. Some of its practitioners may...

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7 Common Pilates Equipment and How They are Effective

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in What is Pilates?

Pilates is an exercise for the mind and body that evolved from the principles developed by Joseph Pilates. It involves a lot of mat exercises but there are also workouts using different types of Pilates equipment, which can be found in most Singapore studios such as Pilates Plus, Joseph arrived at the conclusion that applying resistance helped in building strength and improving the range of movement in patients, and for that he needed machines. It’s been over a century since Joseph first developed the exercises he once called Contrology. But the principles on which they were founded remain relevant, thanks the dynamic nature of Pilates. Learn more about Pilates Classes in Singapore The Low (Wunda) Chair Photos Credit: 123RF This small-sized apparatus may come with a funny name, but it offers big results. This small chair belies its ability to encourage strength and balance exercises, usually during beginner classes. It is designed by Joseph Pilates in such a way that it can be used in every home or hotel room in America. It comes in several versions,but it primarily comes withe a seat, pedal and springs attached to the pedal that adjusts the resistance. Pilates used this to rehabilitate his clients suffering from a knee injury and to train advanced clients in performing full-bodied, acrobatic exercises. It is more agreeable for men to use as it puts emphasis on upper body strength, allowing more athletic challenges. The wunda chair is very effective for creating sport-specific programs for basketball player, soccer player, runners, or bikers. It develops impressive leg power that is also integrated with proper biomechanics and core strength. The Cadillac (Trapeze Table) Photo credit: Mateus Lunardi Dutra via Foter.com / CC BY This equipment offers and extensive range with the necessary bells and whistles needed in applications for post-rehab clients and athletes. It comes with leg springs, arm springs, a push-through bar, loops and a trapeze bar. It may seem intimidating at first look, with some even saying that it looked like a medieval torture device. However, the very first device designed by Joseph Pilates was simple as it involved a hospital bed with mattress sprigs that are attached to the wall. It has been said that this was originally designed to enable bedridden patients to exercise. However, the design has evolved over the years allowing users to isolate every muscle group and develop it while using this machine. By breaking down motion into small pieces, the user restores correct motion patterns. The leg springs for instance can help runners to fully exert their hamstrings. It adds more than 200 exercises to your regimen while challenging the body into different planes of motion. Universal Reformer Photo credit: redcreadeporte via Foter.com / CC BY This equipment is so aptly named since it “universally reforms” the body. This was the considered the centerpiece of Joseph Pilates inventions and the very first...

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