Pilates promises a body with long, flexible and trimmed muscles and a strong back and, seriously! isn’t that what we are after – specially – as we grow older, our bodies start to change and our hormones decide to go on a zumba dance?
Pilates can be a perfect exercise for premenopausal, menopausal and post-menopausal women. It is low-impact, however it helps increase flexibility and balance and improves muscle strength and tone; all of which is good for us at this stage of our lives.
Although Pilates is not specifically for weight loss, a healthy lifestyle that combines Pilates, a healthy diet and some strength / cardio training will prevent bone density loss (osteoporosis), muscle tone and poor balance.
However, to be “in shape” or to have “good muscles” has nothing to do with being able to easily perform Pilates. We are used to working our bodies in a way that is totally different from what the Pilates Method advocates. That is why, in order to benefit from this method, it is important to learn the “Language of Pilates”. Joseph Pilates (who founded this method in 1926) initially named it “Contrology” because he believed that the control of the muscles in the body had to start in our minds, while conscious breathing is key to good performance.
Any movement in Pilates arises from what Joseph Pilates named the Powerhouse – the band around our abdomen and lower back – ; independently of what part of the body we are working on.
We could go on and on talking about Pilates simply because we just love it; but honestly, it is better if you just give it a go.
If you are ready to give it a go, just stay tuned! Very soon we will be uploading online Pilates content that you will be able to sign up for.