Unlike many gym classes and routines, Pilates is an exercise programme that is based on gentle, controlled movements that stretch and lengthen the muscles - but it still feels like you have had a good workout even though you may not think you have been making that much effort.

Practiced regularly and correctly, Pilates delivers a whole body workout  that can result in improved flexibility, strength and control, and help with better endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. It can help to stabilise and improve one’s ‘core’ – the muscles of the lower back, abdomen and hips.

A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured, and that is why so many sports men and women follow a regular Pilates programme today.

There are six basic principles to practicing Pilates:

  1. CENTRING:
    As one would expect, centring is focussed on making all movements from the centre of one’s body. That means concentrating on the ‘core’ of the body, engaging those muscles to work in all the moves. Centring at all times helps to improve balance and posture.
  2. CONCENTRATION:
    If a person pays full attention on each exercise, focussing the mind just on what they are doing and committing fully to each movement, then they will gain the most benefit from every aspect of a session.
  3. CONTROL:
    Each exercise should be undertaken with complete muscular control though conscious, focussed moves.
  4. BREATHING:
    This was considered a very important element of the Pilates method, as first defined by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s. He believed that you should treat breathing as operating bellows, using them strongly to pump oxygen in and out of the body. Deep breathing aids exercise by clearing the lungs, bringing in oxygen and thus helping to relax and focus the body.
  5. PRECISION:
    Each movement needs to be done properly to gain maximum benefit, and so attention must be paid at all times to where the body is placed and how it is aligned in reference to all other parts of the body.
  6. FLOW OF MOVEMENT:
    Pilates is undertaken as a gentle, seamless, flowing exercise, starting from the core and working out towards the targeted muscle groups in a gentle and controlled fashion.

Any regular Pilates practitioners will feel the benefits of having done a session as soon as they hit the slopes. Even a beginner will feel some improvements. All will enjoy an alternative approach to Getting Mountain Fit!

So whether you are a seasoned practitioner or a beginner, we hope to see you on a mat soon!

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