Fitness is the new fashion and Pilates is at the forefront of providing optimal health by supplying extra energy, zest and vitality to its practitioners through its extensive mindful exercise program. Pilates is a unique mind-body exercise method that allows you to develop both your physical and mental fitness at the same time.
Physical fatigue and mental strains, as a result of our fast track 21st Century lives, are more common now than ever before and as we attempt to achieve superhuman status, our bodies are sadly suffering. As Joseph H. Pilates once said; “without a healthy body, we humans can’t function properly” and here at Live Love Pilates, we honestly couldn’t agree more.
Developed nearly one hundred years ago, Pilates’ beliefs and ideas are unique in that they are wholly relevant to today’s extremely busy society. Pilates is a positive and kind way of exercising with rewarding long-term benefits. Some of these rewards include learning how to breathe properly using our lungs to their fullest capacity whilst exercising.
We humans breathe subconsciously and automatically and generally only use 25% of our lung capacity leaving us prey to stress, low energy and constant tiredness. Pilates promotes deep breathing and it is an integral aspect of the method. The emphasis placed on the use of breath encourages improved circulation, mental calmness, clarity and concentration and aids the practitioner in recruiting the appropriate muscles for the movement. Further positive elements include strengthening and developing the body “uniformly” allowing the body to uncover it’s true physical potential.
Coupled with this, the method positively enhances a multitude of areas in the body such as realigning the spine thus improving weak posture, increasing flexibility and core strength thus developing tone as well as incorporating the key fundamental concept of “complete coordination of body, mind and spirit” in movement. It is a powerful and well-rounded method that can benefit those of any ability leaving the practitioner with a strong, toned and streamlined body. It is truly wonderful that Pilates can be experienced by anyone, of any age, level or ability, making it a fully accessible and inclusive form of exercise. I strongly believe that Pilates can transform your life for the better giving you a whole new perspective and awareness of your body’s potential.
The BASI Pilates style:
The Body Arts and Science International (BASI) organisation is a key, internationally recognized leader in the Pilates world. Theirs is a ‘holistic and contemporary approach to well being’ blending both the original classical style derived directly from Joseph Pilates’ work with the more modern, contemporary style of the method together. Live Love Pilates is proud to represent this forward-thinking organisation and deliver Pilates Mat classes to the highest standard in the South West London area.