What is Pilates?
Pilates is a gentle way to exercise; everyone can practice Pilates, there aren't any limits regarding age, gender or current level of fitness. It is as easy or as challenging as you decide it to be.
"Exercises don't get easier, they get better" Rael Isacowitz, founder of BASI Pilates once said. BASI Pilates is a method with emphasis on core strength, functional muscle development, body alignment, and the mind-body connection. Body Arts and Science International® combines the science of human movement with the art that is created when it is done correctly—aesthetically and passionately. BASI Pilates honors the purity of the Pilates Method and maintains the legacy that was handed down by Joseph Pilates.
BASI Pilates is all about these ten principles:
There's no way that one can talk about Pilates without mentioning Joseph Pilates. He developed Pilates in the early 1900s, and his method integrates principles of both Eastern and Western disciplines. Pilates was influenced by therapeutic exercise, yoga, dance and martial arts.
Pilates is a fascinating way to engage your mind and body in working together. One of the goals in Pilates is to feel fresh, taller and revitalized after exercising and still offer a proper workout. Pilates works deeper muscles too, not only our superficial muscles, and therefore the whole body gets a balanced workout.
- Improve flexibility by stretching out muscles and lubricating stiff joints
- Balance body alignment by strengthening weak muscles, teaching chronically overused muscles to relax, opening chest and dropping down rounded shoulders, lifting up collapsed abdominals, lengthening and straightening a slumped spine, regaining spine's natural curves
- Develop a strong, toned body by strengthening and lengthening muscles when body shape becomes more streamlined
- Offer you a safe space to just be you, breathe and focus on yourself which reduces stress and gives more vitality.
Our bodies collect and store all our emotions, good and bad. All this will have an effect on our posture and the way we move. As moms, we tend to carry our (and the others) whole world on our shoulders, and over time our shoulders get stiff, some muscles shorten while others overstretch, resulting in a permanent round-shouldered posture. Pilates teaches how to be aware of your body by learning how it moves and more importantly how it feels. Pilates can help us to become more aware between the connection of our body and mind. By releasing our bodies through exercises, we can also heal our minds.