Health Benefits of Pilates &
How it Can Improve Your Quality of Life
Pilates benefits include:
- Improved posture, muscular balance, control and precision
- Improved mental concentration
- Enhanced energy
- Efficient breathing
- Flowing movement
- Assistance in healing muscular and soft tissue pain
- Lengthening and strengthen muscles
- Injury prevention
Pilates benefits everyone!
- Individuals getting into shape
- Professional athletes
- People healing injuries
- Sports teams
- Performing arts school students
- Health club and gym members
Improved Mental conditioning benefits:
- Overall energy level
- Concentration and memory
- Coping with daily problems
- Sleep patterns
- Ability to relax
- Personal growth and fulfillment
- Overall image satisfaction
- Overall emotional balance
Frequently Asked Questions About Pilates
Q. Was pilates created for dancers?
A. NO!! but it sure is perfect for them!!!
Q. What is the difference between yoga and Pilates?
A. My favorite answer to this is a quote from my dear friend and fabulous pilates instructor Siri Dharma Galliano: "Yoga is done with your eyes closed while thinking of God, Pilates is done with your eyes open while squeezing your butt."
Q. It looks to complicated for me, will I ever learn this?
A. Pilates is like learning a foreign language. After your first foreign language class you are not going to be able to speak fluently. But you will eventually and you'll have fun learning!
Pilates is like a new language for your body.
Q. How often do I need to do this?
A. Like any fitness activity, Pilates requires more than an occasional visit to the studio you have to commit. To reap its many benefits, most Pilates instructors recommend at least two to three or more sessions per week. Individuals who are dedicated to long-term fitness, instead of just a 'quick fix,' will find Pilates the most rewarding.
Q. Can I do Pilates?
A. YES! Regardless of your age, gender, goals or fitness level, you will discover that Pilates transforms the way your body looks, feels & performs. It teaches mental & physical balance to the elite athlete, the recovering back surgery patient,& those in physical therapy rehabilitation. Pilates can be done either on a mat or on specially designed equipment.
Q. Is pilates safe for older people
A. Yes!!! Pilates is an excellent form of exercise for older people. With over 500 exercises there is something for everyone.
Q. How do I get started?
A. By calling 925-938-2022 and making an appointment! Simple!!!
Q. Does Pilates concentrate on breathing?
A. All exercises are taught with a breath sequence, but it isn't the main emphasis of the technique.
Q. Is it safe to practice Pilates when pregnant?
A. Yes, but only after firstly consulting your doctor (as you should do before embarking on any exercise program), and secondly seeking specialist advice with a qualified Pilates Instructor.
Q. Can I use Pilates with gym training?
A. It is considered ideal for those who wish to encompass Pilates with their gym training as it will help create a better understanding of posture and how this relates to all forms of exercise. In addition, it will help to correct imbalances in muscle structures that can develop through repetitive forms of exercise and help reduce the bulkiness and tightness of muscles.
Q. Is Pilates for men and women?
A. Yes! It caters for both sexes.
Q. How is Pilates different from other exercise programs?
A. Each exercise engages the abdominal muscles, and the method emphasizes the strengthening of the 'powerhouse' region - abdomen, lower back, inner/outer thighs and buttocks. Pilates focuses on lengthening, strengthening and toning your body, without adding bulk to your muscles.
Q. Is Pilates done with machines only?
A. No. Joseph H. Pilates designed the spring resistance machines in association with a matwork program, and your complete workout includes exercises on a combination of the Reformer, Wunda Chair, High Chair, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, Half Barrel, Cadillac and the mat.
Q. Why are there so few repetitions of each exercise?
A. Less IS more! Each Pilates exercise has only 3, 5 or 10 repetitions. The exercises were designed to work your body with precision and effectiveness, making additional repetitions unnecessary.
Q. How soon after beginning Pilates will I see results?
A. Most people feel better in just a few sessions. And it only gets better from there.
Q. When I look at someone doing Pilates, it doesn’t seem vigorous enough for me. Can Pilates give me a good workout?
A. When most people first start Pilates, there's a lot of new information for the body to learn, so you probably won't get an aerobic workout at the beginning. Pilates can be aerobic at intermediate and advanced levels when the movement becomes more familiar. Also, Pilates combines stretching and strengthening, using springs and your own body weight as resistance, in a way that may appear easier than other forms of exercise, yet you actually work harder and more deeply through the muscles.
Q. I have had many injuries and physical problems during my lifetime. Can Pilates help me?
A. Yes, definitely. Pilates has a long history of helping people with previous and current injuries. Both physical therapists and chiropractors have collaborated with Pilates instructors to help heal, and recover from various physical problems
Q. What should I wear to a Pilates Class?
A. Comfortable, stretchy, fitted clothing works best - Guys, should remember… loose fitting shorts are not recommended.
Q. Will Pilates make me bulk up?
A. Pilates is not ment to bulk you up. You will gain strength, definition and flexibility.
Q. How much extra weight can I add to the Pilates equipment?
A. The Pilates equipment uses springs for resistance, not weights. Different combinations of springs will provide varying levels of resistance - your instructor will help you make the right selection. Remember, heavier springs is not necessarily making the exercise harder.
Contact the Contra Costa Pilates Center for your appointment!