The truth about how pilates improves posture
Pilates exercise was founded by Joseph Pilates during the 1920’s. Pilates is a mind-body intervention that focuses on core stability, posture, flexibility, strength, breathing, and movement control. It is the focus on posture and the control of body position that underpins why Pilates is great for improving posture and giving long lasting relief from postural pains and strains.
The slow, deliberate stretching that is performed during Pilates classes and private sessions strengthens the basic muscle groups in a logical sequence, while also targeting the smaller muscles groups. These smaller muscles are typically ignored in weight lifting and other workouts, resulting in weakness that can sometimes lead to injury.
Working out in a slow, controlled manner can be intense—not only building strength but helping to develop longer, leaner muscles that are more flexible. Pilates students strive to maintain balance, posture and control while transitioning gracefully from one position to the next. Doing this in an efficient manner requires strength and pushing your limits of flexibility, which in turn, increases it over time.
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