The Pilates method is gentle gymnastics. It is a physical activity invented by a German named Joseph Pilates. Its inventor was a fan of sport and the human body. It is said to be a discipline for improving body awareness. It would make it possible to realize the strength as well as the limit available to our body.
This technique is inspired by dance, gymnastics and especially Yoga.
What are the benefits of its practice?
Its implementation provides a overall muscle strengthening. It correctly repositions the pelvis and back. As a result, it reduces spinal pain thanks to the multitude of exercises seeking to engage the pelvis. It firms the muscles and releases tension.
It also improves posture and balance.
Also, it is used for rehabilitation following muscle injuries.
The movements applied to the sessions are devoted not only to physical well-being but also to that of the mind. This method relieves stress.
It promotes the weightloss but not enough to lose weight.
It is a method accessible to everyone. You don’t have to have all the accessories and equipment to practice it. However, it can be practiced on the mat.
How can it be applied?
First, people who want to use it have a lot of choice. On the one hand, they can go to the studio. In this case, the coaches, the teachers who have followed a pilates training will guide them. On the other hand, they can stay quietly at home. In this event, they will have to obtain a DVD of training and courses.
Secondly, there are three stages in the course of Pilates: the gentle introduction, the postures and the stretching time. The final material needed is the mat. Nevertheless, other tools can accompany it. Like small balls, the Pilates ring or magic circle and small weighted balls. A large ball or Gym ball is also necessary. This is useful for work on balance and smooth and deep graining.
Tercio, like any discipline, this method has its own principles. There are eight basic principles and thirty-five movements. These principles are: concentration, control, centering, fluidity, precision, breathing, isolation and regularity. Scrupulously following and adhering to these principles will ensure theeffectiveness of Pilates.
What are the possible criticisms observed on this technique?
Scientists argue that this activity is useless. The method wouldn’t tone up more than half an hour of running. It would burn fewer calories compared to other aerobic activities practiced in the same duration.
Others argue that its practice would be dangerous. They rely on the idea that it disrupts the natural reactions of the abdominal muscles. Overworking the muscle area poses a risk if you get very close to the spine.
However, teachers and those who have already practiced this method dispute these claims. They posit their full recovery and the absence of such wrongdoing.