Pilates Studio in Porto
What Pilates is?
Pilates is a modality that uses the own body weight in its execution and which is based on contrology, that means, it works the strength and flexibility of the body, in balanced form and with the control of the movements.
This modality provides a movement re-education and it also allows to improve breathing, correct posture, prevent injuries and reduce stress.
Who can attend Pilates Classes?
Pilates is intended for people of any age, sex or physical condition, including pregnant women and / or the elderly. The main objective is to adapt the exercises of the method to each body, always aiming at improving physical condition and health.
The modality is applied to each person in a different way, since all bodies are different. It is necessary to take into account characteristics such as historic of health, the morpholgy and injuries or pathologies already existing. With this information, a specific individual program suitable for each practitioner is developed.
The modality can be practiced through two different types of classes: in Matwork (mattress) and in the Apparatus (machines).
In pregnancy, for example, there are several benefits.
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CENTER OF FORCE
The core muscles are responsible for supporting the spine and internal organs. During the practice of pilates, all movements must begin with the activation of this zone.
To achieve a toned body, movements need to be controlled, this principle is closely linked to focus.
This principle is responsible for creating movements. Your body must flow between the movements that naturally connect you.
Breathing must always be synchronized with movement. Inhaling and exhaling should be natural to accompany muscle work.
Accuracy affects the quality with which the movement is performed.
"The mind controls the body "- Joseph Pilates. When it focuses on the mind, it transforms thought into movement, completing it efficiently.
The advantages of Pilates practice
The modality provides major changes in the student's body and mind, helping him to become more aware of his own body. For this, the training should be the most individualized and molded to the needs and goals of each one. If, for example, you are trying to lose weight, practicing the modality can help you losing weight.
The 6 Principles of Pilates
- Fluidity: This principle is responsible for helping in the lightness of the movements. Through fluidity, the practitioner will be able to connect the various movements.
- Precision: Accuracy is related to the quality and control of the execution of the movement. In this way, there will be no unnecessary energy expenditure.
- Breathing: Breathing must always be coordinated with movement. Exhalation and inhalation should be as much as possible to accompany muscle work.
- Force Center: Set of muscles responsible for supporting the spine and internal organs. During the practice of the sport, all movements must start from the activation of this region.
As Joseph Pilates said, "The mind controls the body". Through concentration, the mind effectively transforms thought into movement and realization.
- Control: To achieve the desired toning, it is important to control the movements. This principle is closely related to concentration.
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Apply these 6 principles to your exercises.