Functional Pilates

Functional Pilates refers to a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates. By incorporating modern exercise principles, and applying proven and accepted practices in biomechanics, rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement, Pilates becomes one of the safest and most effective exercise methods available. It is used by rehab and prenatal clients, athletes, celebrities and everyone in between.
Pilates exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints. This involves placing more emphasis on pelvic and scapular stabilization, and integration of all the parts of the body into one. As well, preparatory exercises and modifications allow the technique to be appropriate for many different body types and abilities, making it applicable to sport-specific training and everyday life.

Whether performed on a mat or on specialized equipment, application of the following biomechanical principles will ensure the realization of maximum benefits from Pilates exercises:

  • Breathing
  • Pelvic placement
  • Rib cage placement
  • Scapular movement
  • Head & cervical spine placement

The benefits may include but not limited to:

  • Increased strength without unwanted bulk
  • Increased core strength, stability and peripheral mobility
  • Improved fitness levels which may help prevent injury
  • Greater ease of movement through a full range
  • Heighted body awareness and mindfulness of movement
  • Decreased impact on the joints
  • Added variety as a compliment to other forms of exercise
  • Improved performance of specific sport skills (golf, skiing, hockey, etc.)
  • Enhanced balance, coordination and circulation

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