Joseph Pilates was a German Gymnast, born in 1883, who devoted his life to teaching others his exercising techniques. His beliefs were that poor posture and poor health were directly related, and that by having awareness of breath and alignment of the spine, we would be able to strengthen the deep torso and abdominal muscles. This, of course, would lead to a healthier body.
Ergotec Health Studios hold Pilates Classes right here at our base in Hampstead, where many of the people who come to us started off by searching for Pilates Classes in Primrose Hill. The individuals who come to Ergotec for Pilates Classes are benefitting from a health regime which dates back over a century. The regime itself has been adapted and modified ever so slightly over time, however the fundamentals and values behind the exercise will always remain the same. Below we have take a look at some the key benefits of Pilates which will hopefully help you to make up your mind…
Pilates represent a form of exercise which concentrates on strengthening the body with an emphasis on core strength. This helps to improve general fitness and general well-being.
Pilates is similar to Yoga and concentrates on posture, balance and flexibility. In Pilates the chance of injury is much lower in comparison to other strenuous forms of exercise. Pilate’s also focuses on the mind-body connection. Whilst performing the various exercises your mind needs to be constantly aware of your breathing and the way your body moves.
Pilates exercises are done on a mat or using specialist equipment such as the Reformer, Cadillac and Wunda Chair. With it’s system of pulleys and springs, handles and straps, the apparatus can provide either resistance or support; depending up on your needs.
At ErgoTec Health we offer Pilates to people of all ages and fitness levels, from beginners to athletes. The apparatus can be used to provide support for beginners and people with certain medical conditions, as well as resistance for people looking to challenge their body.
If you’re a beginner, you can start work with a basic exercise and the once you’ve mastered those, you can work on the more advanced moves. This is a brilliant idea when you’re just starting out in Pilates to go to Pilates exercise classes or have a private instructor.
We recommend to check with your health professionals if you haven’t exercised for a while, are older, pregnant or have health problems.
We don’t recommend Pilates if you have the following conditions:
A lot of people see Pilates as an excellent way of improving health and clearing the mind from stress and negative thoughts. Ergotec Health Studios couldn’t agree more.
It’s common knowledge that partaking in exercise leads to a release of endorphins in the body. Endorphins can lead to feelings of euphoria, modulation of appetite, release of sex hormones, and enhancements of the immune response. The more endorphins we have flowing around our body, the less pain we feel. Endorphins also reduce the effects that stress might be having on us.
A stress free life is something we all want, and Pilates can help you to accomplish this. Pilates can also help you to stay in shape and improve your overall fitness. Bespoke Pilates Classes at Ergotec Health Studios ensure you are exercising in the exactly the right way, using the correct movements and motions. Pilates can be also be done at home by yourself, once you know what you are doing.
As well as reducing stress and improving fitness, Pilates is highly beneficial to the posture of your body. Originally developed as a rehabilitative tool, Pilates can help with the alignment of your spine. Having a poor posture can lead to so many different health problems and conditions, which could be avoided by having the correct posture.
Pilates can also help to reduce back pain, can be done when pregnant, and will assist you in your quest for improved flexibility.
While the methods are different, Pilates and Yoga both help to develop an individuals strength, balance, flexibility, posture and breathing techniques. Both Yoga and Pilates emphasise the connection between physical and mental health, although Yoga places more emphasis on relaxation and uses meditation. Pilates can be performed both using equipment and floor mats, whereas a Yoga class doesn’t require any equipment.
Pilates exercises are performed in a flow of movement without the static poses associated with yoga.
At ErgoTec Health we offer Pilates as a form of physical therapy. Research has found that Pilates can be an effective treatment for injuries and illnesses such as:
It is also excellent for athletes, dancers and other sports professionals who have had some kind of injury and need rehabilitation to get back into top form. Because Pilates is a low impact exercise, it can be tailored to work on certain areas of your body.
Ergotec Health Studios run regular Pilates Classes, where our Masters Physiotherapist ensures safe, effective and functional core training. The classes involve a wonderful balance of strengthening and lengthening of the body, while challenging each individual to a level that they can handle.
If you are looking for Pilates Classes in Primrose Hill, Ergotec Health Studios are just a short distance away. Make sure you get in touch and we can provide you with details about dates, times and pricing. We look forward to hearing from you soon.