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Workout for the Body, Mind and Spirit

The origin of Pilates stems back to the 1920's when Joseph Hubertus Pilates developed a system of body conditioning exercises which he called Contrology.


Contrology was used as a form of rehabilitation for injured dancers, athletes and soldiers. Today this style of exercise has become more commonly known as the Pilates method which aims at delivering holistic benefits to mind, body and soul.


Pilates is based on a combination of more than 500 exercises and blends controlled breathing techniques with mental and physical exercises. The primary function of Pilates is to allow participants to achieve a greater awareness of the form and function of their bodies. Pilates, when practiced regularly, can help to build core strength, stability and mobility. Founder Joseph Hubertus Pilates suggests the "Pilates Goal" to be "the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind and the ability to perform life's daily activities with zest and ease."


Modern day Pilates involves exercises which concentrate on training muscles to improve posture and alignment. Pilates is an intense session of exercises which have been tailored to focus on the core abdominal, leg, arm and back muscles. Pilates workouts encourage participants to think about how they perform everyday movements and incorporate the Pilates techniques into everyday activities.


Each Pilates movement challenges weaker muscle groups in the body to become stronger and more stabilized, when weaker muscles are strengthened stronger muscle groups are less likely to over compensate. For example when lower back muscles are weak from bad posture the body naturally tries to correct itself. This may mean additional pressure is placed on the hips when performing everyday activities. Weak back muscle can lead to instability and even injury in the lower back region. Pilates encourages participants to focus on strengthening these "core muscle" areas (abdominal, leg, arm and back muscles) which will improve overall muscle performance.


Incorporating Pilates into your exercise regime has numerous benefits to the body.


It enhances muscular strength and control, increases awareness of posture, improves stability and prevents musculoskeletal injuries (such as common lower back injuries). Pilates also helps to achieve relaxation and relieve stress. Pilates encourages increased muscle tone and builds lean muscle which in turn boosts one's metabolism, strength, flexibility and agility. Tanita Innerscan monitors assist you to monitor the effects of the Pilates method and dieting. The Innerscan range uses Bio Electrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) to send a safe and low signal through the body via electrodes. This signal measures resistance as high levels of water in the body act as a conductor while low levels of water in fat resist the signal flow. This advanced technology allows the Innerscan range to measure body water, muscle mass, bone mass, body fat and metabolic age.


The Tanita Innerscan monitors also provide you with a physique rating which is based on a body fat to muscle mass ratio. So you can monitor your improvement in the muscle tone of your body as part and parcel of your Pilates programme. Pilates will thereby boost your metabolism and ultimately improve your metabolic age, all of which is capable of being measured by the Innerscan monitor within the comfort and privacy of your home. The Tanita Innerscan range provides you with a snapshot of your inner health and wellbeing and importantly allows you to measure the benefits of such exercise regimes as Pilates.

Last modified on Tuesday, 11 October 2011 12:47
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