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How does Pilates differ from other exercise regimes?

The Pilates programme combines training on both a mental and physical level.  By improving body awareness and correct postural alignment, tensions are released from the body the development of a ‘girdle of strength’ (deep abdominal muscle). This is one of the primary aims of Pilates and is achieved by strengthening the core postural muscles that stabilise the torso. The Pilates method incorporates a series of controlled and specific movements. They are dynamic, systematic, and anatomically based and incorporate resistance equipment.  The goal of a Pilates exercise programme is to strengthen the postural muscles whilst achieving optimal functional fitness. The outcome is a more youthful posture and gait and an increased sense of energy and well-being.

What are the benefits?

Improved posture
Increased core strength, stability and peripheral mobility
Perfect balance between strength and flexibility
Abdominal Strength throughout pregnancy: pre and post natal
Injury prevention
Remedial and rehabilitation exercise
Improved coordination
Stress reduction

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