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What is Pilates?
The Pilates method consists of a varied series of exercises which can be executed on the floor or on machines. Yogaworks focuses exclusively on mat work. The exercises are designed to reinforce muscles which are weak and relax those which are overtense. The aim is to "stretch and strengthen" in order to build a more balanced and flexible body.

Pilates also develops body-mind awareness. Concentration, core muscle strengthening, precise body alignment and breathing are the basis of the technique. Very simple at the beginning, the exercises progressively become more complex and intense.

The Pilates method can be practiced as a self-standing activity, a complement to other sports or to recover from injury. Whether you are an athlete or simply willing to get back into shape, everyone can benefit from Pilates training.

" After 10 sessions you feel better,
After 20 sessions you really feel better,
After 30 sessions you have a brand new body! "
Joseph Pilates

What are the specific benefits of Pilates?
The main benefits include:

  • Improve strength, flexibility, coordination and balance
  • Tone and build long, lean muscles
  • Stabilize core by strengthening deep abdominal muscles and pelvic floor
  • Relieve tension and stress through proper breathing
  • Restore postural alignment
  • Create stronger, more flexible spine
  • Recover from strain or injury

What are the main characteristics of Pilates?

  • Concentration: Pilates is not so much about what you do, but how you do it. Rather than accomplishing monotonous and mecanical repetitions, it is about executing a limited number of movements with maximum precision and focus;

  • Efficiency: the intensity of the movements, rather than the number of repetitions, allows to optimize the results without putting any strain on the joints;

  • Centering: movements in Pilates originate from the center, i.e. the engagement of the deep abdominal muscles ("core").


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