There are many different benefits to regularly practicing Pilates. Pilates aims to strengthen the body with a particular focus on core strength and stability. It can also improve general fitness and overall well-being.
Pilates can be practiced by people of all ages: the exercises can be adapted to suit all fitness levels and abilities ranging from beginners to athletes, and for those with certain medical conditions. Regular practitioners observe improvements in posture, balance, joint mobility and core strength. Pilates is said to aide the release of stress and tension, focusing on full-body strength and flexibility. It can be practiced alone, or works as an excellent complement to other forms of exercise.
Pilates can be tailored to the exact needs of each individual: there are many different exercises with a myriad of modifications and progressions. Throughout each exercise and session, we aim towards an increase in both strength and length of muscles, working across a safe range of motion at each joint. This provides an excellent strong and supple framework that can meet the requirements of every day life.
Pilates develops the core – the deep muscles of the abdomen, back and pelvic floor, thereby providing strength and mobility to the back. This promotes excellent posture and increasing efficiency throughout movement patterns.
Through the practice of Pilates, we are able to develop a better mind-body connection. The key Pilates principles – centering, focus, concentration, control, breath, precision and flow – are concepts that we continually cover throughout each session to better assimilate body and mind, thereby improving the mind/muscle focus of each exercise.
At Reform Physio we are able to combine your Pilates with any information gained from our other therapists to fully tailor your sessions. Some of the clinicians that may be able to help are: Physios, Sports Therapists and Sports Massage Therapists.
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Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word ‘vuj’, meaning ‘to yoke’, i.e. to join, bind, or integrate, and is designed to help create balance of the mind, body and spirit. By practicing physical asanas (poses) the body is flowing through movements that help to strengthen and tone your muscles, while also cultivating breath and an awareness of the present moment. In the fast-paced and increasingly stressful world in which we live, Yoga is providing relief and space for a rising number of people.
There are many forms of yoga including Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Hot Yoga, and Ashtanga.
Vinyasa means linking movement with breath, using breath to flow from one pose to the next.
There are many different approaches to Vinyasa flow which means the level, pace, intensity and sequences will vary from class to class.
Practicing mindful, dynamic movement with some focus on anatomy and alignment, will allow the student to develop a deeper awareness and physical understanding of his/her body. This mindful practice can help to strengthen and awaken the body as well as encourage a deeper sense of connection and awareness to ones body, mind and soul.
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