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The benefits of Pilates – called Contrology by Joseph Pilates – are summed up nicely in this quote from its creator: “Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.”
Pilates, now a household name, can help you stand taller and move and look better in a relatively short time. Anyone at any age and with almost any condition can perform the exercises easily. Pilates is practiced worldwide to help people rehabilitate from injuries, increase flexibility and strength, and improve their overall health and wellness.
With a regular Pilates practice you can develop body awareness, you will notice you have built strength. This strength is gained in long and lean muscles.
Also, it increases overall flexibility of your body and limbs. This in turn helps with ease of movement, improving movement and decreasing tightness in the back, hips, and shoulder areas.
Core strengthening is one of the biggest goals and benefits in Pilates as everything is generated and conducted from the center, or powerhouse, of your body. If you build a strong powerhouse, then strong limbs and organs naturally develop.
As you practice, you notice the improvement of your overall posture. A small difference in posture -moving your head and neck slightly back and up, rolling back your shoulders, lifting your rib cage off the hips – can make a huge difference in your outside appearance and in the way, you move. You will notice you feel better and move with more ease. Good posture can help alleviate some back pain almost immediately, and this is wonderful about Pilates!