One of the most exciting aspects of Pilates is that anyone can do it, and everyone can achieve amazing results.
Georgie Rawson of Embody in DB Plaza provides the lowdown.
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PILATES IS A FORM OF LOW-IMPACT EXERCISE that aims to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility. You can do it on a mat or on an apparatus like the reformer – we use both at Embody. The reformer creates tension through the use of springs to increase resistance as you work out.
PILATES IMPROVES FLEXIBILITY, MOBILITY and balance. It is all about precise, slow and controlled movements that lengthen and strengthen all your muscles enabling them to work in harmony with one another. But, to answer the question we get asked constantly – no, Pilates is not yoga, it’s actually pretty different!
PILATES STRENGTHENS YOUR BONES which is especially important as you start to age. The low-impact, weight-bearing exercises are gentle on the bones and joints, and may improve bone density. Research suggests that this type of exercise can help ward off agerelated conditions such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.
PILATES ENHANCES BODY AWARENESS, coordination and the ability to concentrate. When practiced regularly, it can make you move with greater control, efficiency and strength. If your body awareness has decreased (this can happen with age or injury), Pilates can be an effective way to manage and relieve related lower back pain.
PILATES IMPROVES ATHLETIC ABILITY in 99% (really 100%) of sports! We have one client who comes in to work on core strength for his golf swing, and another to improve her ankle mobility for trail running. Pilates balances the body by strengthening weak muscles, mobilising what’s rigid and lengthening tight areas. This, in turn, enables your body to react quicker and prevent injury.
PILATES IS SUITABLE FOR PREGNANT AND NEW MUMS, those going through rehabilitation and anyone who is new to fitness. Embody instructors follow the Stott Pilates method which is one of the safest and most effective Pilates methods available. A contemporary take on Pilates, it incorporates modern principles of exercise science and spinal rehabilitation.
PILATES DECREASES BACK PAIN by creating a strong core and better posture – it focuses on the muscles that hold everything in place. Our classes have a strong emphasis on breathwork, and correct abdominal and pelvic floor engagement. The result is a decrease in back pain and you get a better posture to go with – double whammy!
Embody offers personal training and small group classes in Pilates mat and reformer, yoga, HIIT, Barre and Zumba. Instructors specialise in injury prevention, pre- and post-natal and mobility. For more on the DB Plaza studio and to make a booking, call/ WhatsApp 6624 8712 or visit www.embody.hk.