Pilates - Mind & Body

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Dr. Purushothaman
January 16, 2014


Pilates is an ingenious fitness program based on the idea of its founder Joseph Pilates. It soon became a widely practiced program with fans from all over the world. Slow movements are used in Pilates and a focus on the correct movement. This practice focuses on quality and never on quantity.
The body moves according to the instructions it receives from the mind - simple, but a basic premise that all Pilates students must remember. Every student should aim to improve the physical appearance while achieving a more balanced outlook on life. So, it should be understood that with Pilates, increasing body mass is not the issue here. The tedious task of mastering the intricate workings of the mind enables one to let the body to flow freely and accurately simply by thinking about it and then it becomes second nature. There are a wide variety of movements in Pilates - you can choose a machine to support you or you can choose to perform simple body movements without one. In the beginning, the founder of this concept invented fewer exercises and he preferred to centre upon main principles established by him: centering, concentration, control, precision and control of breathing.
Therefore to fully benefit from the graceful moves found in Pilates, the movements must be executed with utmost precision. This type of regime is becoming increasingly popular as people turn to this fitness program to fulfill the need to maintain their health and achieving a peaceful state of mind. With its focus on achieving inner balance and maintaining equilibrium is very much in demand during these turbulent times. It is so easy to practice, simply order a DVD and start using it in the comforts of your own home. If you need to use machines to practice Pilates, they are very affordable and anyone can buy one. It even accommodates pregnant women and children. Pilates has been especially helpful in helping people recover from injury and this how Moira Merrithew began her journey with Pilates. She had the opportunity to meet Romana Kryzanawska who was one of Joseph Pilatesââ,¬â,,¢ disciples. Moira was introduced to Pilates by Romana, and later Moira she founded Stott Pilates to expand this sport worldwide under her own brand.
To conclude with, Pilates greatly improved the idea of sculpting the body and had changed step by step the general perception on sport. Finally people realize that the goal of sports is not to win, but to create a new level of health and happiness that anyone can enjoy without the pressure of being better than the next person. It is all about searching for an inner equilibrium and self body balance.


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