Benefits of Pilates

Health Benefits of Pilates

Pilates is an alternative method of personal strength training and conditioning that incorporates the whole body, rather than isolated muscles. By exercising muscle groups rather than individual muscles, the Pilates method enables you to tone and tighten, build strength and flexibility—without adding bulk. As your core strength increases, you will build longer, leaner muscles, improve postural alignment and develop better breathing and concentration techniques. Best of all, Pilates workouts are tailored to each client’s fitness level and needs.
What else can Pilates do for you?

  • Build a stronger core—by strengthening the abdominal, gluteal, leg and back muscles essential to good posture and general fitness
  • Greatly improve flexibility and joint mobility
  • Achieve a flatter stomach and slimmer waist
  • Reduce tension and stress
  • Relieve and/or minimize back pain
  • Elevate mental clarity
  • Enhance physical coordination and balance
  • Elevate your self-image and self-confidence
  • Reinforce proper breathing techniques
  • Improve circulatory and digestive functions

Pilates for Pregnancy

A strong core is essential during pregnancy. Engaging in Pilates throughout pregnancy will strengthen your abdominal musculature and back muscles to support and elongate your spine as your baby grows. Pilates can ease the effects of labor and aid in quickly regaining your original figure.
Pilates works to develop balance, centering and control. During pregnancy, a woman’s posture changes dramatically in response to the growing baby. You may experience back pain, other minor aches and pains and overall discomfort. By engaging in the Pilates Method throughout pregnancy, you will maintain good posture which can alleviate all these symptoms, as well as prepare for childbirth.

Pilates aids in labor by training and strengthening the pelvic floor muscles and gives you a greater body awareness to be able to focus on this area during childbirth.

Pilates during pregnancy is an ideal training program to relieve stress. By breathing properly, your overall body circulation increases for both you and the child you are carrying. Improved circulation will help prevent varicose veins and leg cramps, and will aid you during labor.
By following a Pilates exercise program throughout pregnancy, you will be able to re-gain your pre-pregnancy fitness level more easily. We recommend waiting at least 6 to 8 weeks after delivery to begin your Pilates program again. Your doctor will let you know the best time to re-establish your work-out routine.

Benefits of Pilates For Pregnancy

  • Develop core muscle strength
  • Increase flexibility
  • Strengthen the pelvic floor
  • Learn to breathe more effectively
  • Increase energy levels
  • Improve sleep habits
  • Adapts to meet the current stage of your pregnancy & your day-to-day energy levels
  • Re-gain pre-pregnancy fitness

Sanja le Roux, Pilates Instructor

Posted by on Oct 31, 2010 in Trainers | 0 comments

Sanja le Roux, Pilates Instructor

Healthy living, physical exercise, the outdoors, and running, have always been very important to Sanja. Growing up on a farm in South Africa, getting into all kinds of farm-life shenanigans with three siblings, and being an active member of the high school field hockey and athletics teams made these things a fundamental part of Sanja’s early life.  Sanja studied Engineering in the heart of the beautiful Cape Winelands at the University of Stellenbosch. It is here where she met her husband and father of her two wonderful children. Sanja has...

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Vered Harary Koslow, Pilates Instructor

Posted by on Oct 2, 2009 in Trainers | 0 comments

Vered Harary Koslow, Pilates Instructor

Vered has studied ballet, modern dance and Pilates since childhood and served as a physical fitness commander during her service in the Israeli Air Force. After military service, she worked as a C.P.A. with Ernst & Young for several years, but has since followed her passion for exercise and movement. She is a certified instructor in traditional mat, reformer, equipment Pilates (STOTT Method) and Barre. She has recently moved to Denver with her husband and two...

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