Pilates Workouts with Diane

 

 

Pilates is much more than  a list of exercises. It is a way of connecting & conditioning the whole being- body & mind.

 

Pilates training combines elements from both Eastern & Western traditions and philosphies of exercise. The eastern approach embraces calm centering & wholeness, with an emphasis on stretching & limbering. The Western approach brings more attention to developing muscle tone and strength through movement. The combination of the 2 is the basis of my holistic system of exercises for improving muscular strength & endurance, balancing muscle strength with flexibility and achieving muscle balance, all with attention to concious breath and mindfullness of the movement. 

Pilates Workouts 

Pilates and body conditioning is beneficial to do alongside all forms of exercise, to help achieve balance in the whole body and avoid over-using one muscle group. 

The wonderful thing about Pilates is that it is suitable for just about everyone, regardless of age and fitness level. It is beneficial for dealing with specific health conditions, injuries and postural problems and is also very effective in toning your muscles to give you a leaner, stronger body, conditioning the body from the inside out.

The Pilates method is a unique approach to exercise that develops body awareness – improving and changing the body's postural alignment habits with mindfulness, fluidity and grace. Pilates focuses on correct breathing and strengthening deep core-stabilising muscles of the lower abdomen and back. The exercises are low impact and tone and stretch all areas of the body, increasing strength and flexibility in muscles and joints which results in greater ease of movement. 

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Pilates has many Health & Physical benefits

  1. Increases joint mobility, flexibility, balance, and body awareness 
  2. Develops muscular strength and endurance.
  3. Improves core stabilization. 
  4. Improves posture and alignment, which may relieve back strain & other postural-related
    conditions.
  5. Improves general mobility to allow more fluid and graceful movement.
  6. Research supports claim that exercise in general stimulates circulation and blood oxygenation, boosting the body’s immune system.
  7. Research suggests exercise in general improves cognitive function, so good for the mind.

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THE CORE MUSCLE 

Your core muscles are formed of a small group of muscles; an abdominal muscle called Transversus Abdominis, the pelvic floor and multifidus (back muscle). These three muscles make up what is known as your deep 'core'.

The Transversus Abdominis wraps horizontally around the sides of the torso between the lower ribs and pelvis. Tightening this muscle gives a feeling of a 'girdle of strength' around the torso, stabilising the lumber spine and pelvis. The pelvic floor is a strong muscular hammock from the coccyx to pubic bone, formed of both superficial and deep muscles. The pelvic floor works from underneath the pelvis to support the torso, pelvis and internal organs of the body. Multifidus is a deep back muscle that runs between the spinous processes of the vertebrae.

It is important to strengthen your deep core muscles because they are vital for supporting and stabilising your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen during exercise and movement. This will help to improve overall performance during exercise, ease aches and pains in the body and help to avoid injury.