Align, Lengthen and Strengthen

Pilates is an ideal form of exercise because it develops a strong core and enables the rest of the body to function efficiently. Its focus is on:

  1. Breathing
  2. Pelvic placement
  3. Ribcage placement
  4. Scapular and shoulder placement
  5. Head and neck placement

Pilates focuses on the muscles that are important for overall stability and balance. These include the deep abdominals and muscles around the spine, pelvic girdle, mid and lower back, and gluts which are all common problem areas in neurological conditions. The movements are designed to work several muscle groups simultaneously through smooth, continuous motion, with a particular concentration on strengthening and stabilizing the body’s core.

Pilates emphasizes proper breathing and smooth, flowing movements and it is a natural stress reliever. Deep, coordinated, conscious diaphragmatic patterns of breathing initiate movement help activate deep muscles and keep you focused on your exercise. It encourages concentration and improving the links between brain and muscles therefore you have better body awareness, improved posture, and improved muscle elasticity and joint mobility.

Pilates focuses on correct alignment of your body parts during exercise. Proper alignment is the key to good posture. You'll be aware of the position of your head and neck on the spine and pelvis, right down through the legs and toes.

Pilates tends to not be aerobic (getting you short of breath) thereby reducing the risk of overheating and fatigue. The exercises were primarily developed to align, lengthen and strengthen. Using low-impact, partial weight-bearing techniques, with an emphasis on smooth motion; it is a safe workout for people with neurological conditions of any age. Pilates can be adapted or progressed for those who do want a more challenging work-out.