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Why Pilates is good for you with Chloe


My name is Chloe and I have been passionate about fitness for a large part of my life, enjoying all kinds of sport from long distance running to lacrosse and tennis.​ 

Having previously thought Pilates a little static and limited, I was encouraged to try a class to build my core strength after injuring my back in an accident and miraculously I no longer have a problem. This convinced me of the benefits of Pilates and I have been a dedicated devotee of all types of Pilates ever since.

What is Pilates?

Pilates exercises were created in the 1920's by Joseph Pilates. It consists of low-impact flexibility as well as muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates is great to help postural alignment, muscle balance and core strength.

Teaching Pilates

I took my Pilates to the next level and began teaching as I felt that I wanted to offer the benefits of what I’ve learnt to others whilst also enhancing my own understanding and technique. Pilates has certainly enriched my life and I’m sure that there are lots of people out there who will soon be saying the same!

STOTT Pilates training

I trained with STOTT PILATES which incorporates modern exercise principles, and applies proven and accepted practices in biomechanics, rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement. The STOTT Pilates exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints. 

Dynamic Pilates

I've developed my practice to be a mixture of classical STOTT Pilates and dynamic Pilates.  Dynamic Pilates focuses on the above, however the intensity is increased by use of repetition, small equipment and various newly developed exercises. 

Why Pilates is good for you

In today’s world our bodies spend far too much time in environments that do not promote general well-being. Life can be very static and we often find ourselves spending long hours hunched over the computer or slumped in front of the TV. This lifestyle can lead to a host of postural problems.

Here a just a few things Pilates can assist you with:

Improving Posture
Pilates teaches you how to correct your posture with simple posture exercises and strengthens the muscles that support a good posture.

Flexibility
Pilates focuses on movements while stretching, meaning the muscles are warm as you stretch. This allows you to stretch farther with less pain. 

Coordination and balance
Coordination is a complex skill and requires good balance alongside strength and agility - Pilates can help strengthen this ability. Pilates exercise specifically increase trunk muscular strength and it is the improvements with core strength and control which allow for enhanced static and dynamic balance control.

Correct Body Alignment
Alignment is one of the key principles of Pilates as it always looks at the body as a whole. Pilates exercises focus on strengthening the deep stabilising muscles, and releasing the accumulated tension in other muscles that have had to pick up the slack. In time, this will help them to regain their ideal balance and length.

Increased Core Strength
Many Pilates movements require you to hold your torso in place while moving your limbs in different directions. This challenges your body with balance, stability and flexibility. In time, Pilates exercises will strengthen your core and will streamline your body.
 

     

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