With Fiona Fleming
Why all the interest in Pilates?
Pilates can be enjoyed by almost everybody from every walk of life. It is an approach to the fitness of the body as a whole, improving strength, mobility and posture. It can be practiced standing, sitting, lying on a mat or a combination of all three positions. It adapts to the conditioning needs of people that are in recovery from illness and operations, to the maintenance of fitness in ante and post natal women and is an excellent preventative technique that strengthens the body against falls and injury in the older population.
As our lifestyles become increasingly fast-paced and stressful, we are drawn towards activities that will help us feel more confident and provide us with a sense of well-being as well as feeling stronger, fitter and more in control of our lives. Pilates provides the platform from which these qualities can be developed using core muscle strengthening and stability techniques along with learning how to recruit deep muscles that maintain the neutral alignment of the spine during all other movements of the body. Also combining the execises that develop flexibility, increase breathing control and relaxation, Pilates provides the pathway to lifelong, sustained physical and mental well-being.