Many believe that pilates are only physical exercise in the form of different exercises and body postures, but just as in yoga, we practice much more than that. In both Pilates and Yoga you train the body’s strength, balance, endurance, agility and mobility. Read more and test yourself too!
When we practice pilates, we also practice turning our attention to our interior. Breathing is the easiest way to focus on what’s happening inside the skin. In pilates, breathing and body placement are always the most important, only when you have learned to breathe correctly and how to work with the body in a certain exercise, you proceed with coordination and / or increase tempo or resistance.
Breathing affects stress and tension
A good breathing technique and awareness of how we can control the breath helps us in both the training and in stressed situations in the rest of life. Breathing calmly is the most effective tool to counteract unnecessary tension in the body. Long deep breaths during the pilate training mean that thoughts and feelings calm down and the body relaxes, which means that the effect of the pilates exercises goes far deeper than just physical strength.
Time to listen for increased well-being
A proud, strong attitude influences our experience of ourselves positively! Several research results show that posture affects how we feel mentally. Pilates focuses on keeping the body in a neutral position, that one should find, become strong and able to keep the natural position in all body joints. Other forms of exercise often occur at such a fast pace that you do not have time to feel and listen to your body, and thus you miss the positive effect of health and well-being. Just as in yoga, the pilates exercises are never performed at a faster pace than you can with keeping the technology.
Effective and conscious training
A basic principle of pilates is about the position of the head and neck. We use the gaze (to be compared to the yoga drishti) to keep the neck and head properly positioned so as to be able to train effectively without unnecessary tension around the shoulders, neck and neck. The effect of this goes deeper than just a fine line and soft movements. The aim of the Pilates’ basic principles is to be able to consciously place the body and bring it controlled through each movement and exercise. If we take the basic principle of the head and neck placement as an example, it also includes the look. By fixing the gaze correctly when exercising, you also practice the ability to observe their thoughts without getting caught up in them or being disturbed by them during the training, the effect of which is of course transferred to everyday life as well.
Movements for stress and tension
Many accustomed pilates practitioners see their pilate training as a kind of motion meditation. With the help of physical pilate training, we release stress and tension that might otherwise lead to stiffness and aches in the body. Physical activity and exercise are currently written on prescription by doctors to people with stress-related disorders and diseases. With the help of the pilate training we get easier to handle our stress.
Balance in both body and soul
In both Pilates and Yoga, great importance is attached to the conscious presence, to be here and now, to be 100% concentrated on what you do and how to do it. Keeping your thoughts inside your skin! By being consciously present when practicing pilates, we not only develop our body but also our body consciousness and our ability to relax. This means that the stress level goes down and you feel better simply. Thus, the effects of pilates are much deeper than just a strong and moving body. We strive to get a body that is in balance – both bodily and mental.