What is Mat Pilates?

While it seems like the fitness industry only started talking about Pilates as a form of exercise a few years ago, the workout has actually been around much longer than we think.

Joseph Pilates developed the exercise in the 1920s as a way for bedridden soldiers injured during WWI to keep up their strength.

After opening his first Pilates studio near the New York City Ballet, he ended up using his practice to help injured dancers who needed a way to keep their dancers form whilst they recovered.

Gaining popularity in the ’90s, Pilates is now used as a low-impact exercise that builds strength and flexibility.

Generally, the goal of Joseph Pilates original mat pilates repertoire is to strengthen the body’s “powerhouse,” a somewhat modern Pilates term that refers to your front body, back body, lower back, upper back, side body, mid-region, pelvic region, and your glutes.

Through specific sequencing of the Original Pilates Repertoire with specialised equipment to increase resistance, you can expect to improve strength, mobility and flexibility over a 45-minute class. With regular practice, Pilates will help you stand up tall and get on with the demands of your everyday life.

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Benefits of Pilates

In Pilates, your muscles are never worked to exhaustion, so there is no sweating or straining, just intense concentration. The workout consists of a variety of exercise sequences that are performed in low repetitions, usually five to ten times, over a session of 45 to 60 minutes. Mat work and specialised equipment for resistance are used.

The health benefits of Pilates include:

  • improved flexibility
  • increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the ‘core muscles’ of your body)
  • balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body
  • improved posture
  • rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
  • improved physical coordination and balance
  • relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back
  • prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
  • increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
  • improved concentration
  • increased body awareness
  • stress management and relaxation.

Proactivity Mat Pilates

Our instructors are passionate about engaging students in an inclusive movement modality that meets every body exactly where they are at to develop their mind & body through Pilates exercises that are suitable for all levels and abilities. Recruiting their breath to support their movement assists students to function with more focus and less stress in their everyday schooling life.

Contact our team today to discuss your students' next Pilates program.

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