Pilates is a body conditioning method that works in a different way to other fitness techniques. Targeting the deep postural muscles, Pilates works by building strength from the inside out, rebalancing the body and bringing it into correct alignment. It helps to reshape your body, which will become longer, leaner and more toned. It will also improve your posture, achieving the perfect balance between strength and flexibility, and it is a great way to relive unwanted stress and tension. It’s slow, controlled approach means that it gives much longer-term results – and it is especially recommended by medical specialists for those with back problems
In a nutshell Pilates Changes the way in which we use our bodies. It changes muscle recruitment patterns, correcting common muscle imbalances, restoring good alignment and natural normal movement.
These are some of the benefits of Pilates
Improve strength, flexibility and balance
- Challenge deep abdominal muscles to support the core.
- Engage the mind and enhance body awareness.
- Condition efficient patterns of movement making the body less prone to injury.
- Reduce stress, relieve tension, boost energy through deep stretching.
- Restore postural alignment.
- Create a stronger, more flexible spine.
- Promote recovery from strain or injury.
- Increase joint range of motion.
- Improve circulation.
- Heighten neuromuscular coordination.
- Offer relief from back pain and joint stress.
- Correct over-training of muscle groups which can lead to stress and injury.
- Enhance mobility, agility and stamina.
- Compliment sports training and develop functional fitness for daily life activity.
- Improve the way your body looks and feels.
Beware of Pilates programs that promise dramatic weight loss or overnight transformations. That’s not what pure Pilates is about. However, with time and dedication, Pilates practice can:
Why Polestar Pilates
Scientific versus Anecdotal
The Polestar Pilates curriculum, designed by Physiotherapist and Orthopaedic Certified Specialist Brent Anderson, is based on a scientific foundation, as opposed to an anecdotal one. Drawing on his extensive background in rehabilitation and movement science, Brent Anderson has expanded on Pilates’ principles by adding manual skills, advanced body awareness, and principles from motor control theory. The Polestar Pilates method draws on the sciences of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and motor control, and integrates scientific research findings in the areas of orthopaedics, sports medicine and movement science.
Interactive versus Authoritative
Polestar’s teaching method is interactive, as opposed to authoritative. The educational approach incorporates discussion facilitation, labs (doing, observing, teaching), problem solving (utilizing case studies and deductive reasoning), teaching practicals (group dynamics and individuals), analysis skills, and the principles of neuro-linguistic programming (modeling, sequencing and structuring information, and maintaining appropriate learning states). The Polestar Pilates method recognizes the whole person – physically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually.
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