Sports and Pilates

A HEALTHY PLAYER IS A FREQUENT PLAYER!

People who dance are easy to spot, even when they are not on stage or the dance floor. They are very aware of their body’s position in space, much like a cat.

But most of us are like puppies, moving without much attention paid to our posture. However, the puppy dogs among us really don’t need to take dance lessons to achieve better body awareness.

They just need to take Pilates!

Joseph Pilates, early on, observed the moves of animals and incorporated the stretching, graceful, playful movements into his training method which he initially called “contrology”. (After his death, the method was called “Pilates” in his honor). A sickly childhood led Joseph to pioneer his unique system, with which he hoped to rid his students of all limitations. Inspired by both Eastern and Western philosophies, he combined the mental focus and specific breathing of yoga with the physicality of gymnastics and other sports to create something entirely new.

Life wreaks havoc on our bodies.

People grow more and more crooked and imbalanced in the course of daily life. We are right-or left-handed; we swing a golf club or tennis racket on one side; we carry our hanging bags on one shoulder or hip. Our routines and habits cause us to consistently overuse specific muscles and surrounding tissue.

Pilates can be a wonderful antidote to this, providing a workout that will straighten, strengthen, and stretch your body.

Pilates is especially effective in building core stability, improving focus and injury prevention. All sports have their own key patterns of movement and repeated use of these patterns of movement can result in muscular imbalance. Less relevant muscle groups can become weak and inefficient, with more predominate muscles becoming bulky and tight.

Pilates focuses the body as a whole, aiming to re-balance muscles and postural alignment.

 

The Pilates method incorporates six basic principles: breathing, centering, flow, concentration, control, and precision. Games of movement and Pilates are compatible and very similar because they focus on individual development — striving to perform your personal best.

As the fitness industry has evolved, professionals in the field have learned how important it is to effectively strengthen core musculature. If your center is strong and flexible, all types of movement are easier to perform. It’s clear that this concept applies well to improved performance in any type of sport or exercise.

 

Simply stated, Pilates will enhance and complement all of your regular activities to help you look better, perform better, and above all, feel better.