PILATES sounds too good to be true - no pumping, no pounding, no burn - a wonder workout that transforms your body without pain. All you need is a mat, loose clothes and a will to learn.
Don't believe it? Well, just ask Liz Hurley, Meg Ryan, Madonna, Jennifer Aniston and Victoria Beckham, all devotees. Many leading teams and athletes also incorporate it into their training programmes.
PhysioPilates is a total body-conditioning system, adapted by physiotherapist Colette O'Flynn to suit people of all ages, shapes, sizes and levels of fitness.
A total body-conditioning programme, pilates exercises are designed to build what's called a 'girdle of strength' by focusing on abdominal and postural muscles. Pilates exercises give you a longer, leaner shape, better posture, a strong back and more mobility. Yet, unlike other exercise techniques, Pilates will not produce over-developed muscles.
Pilates enhances flexibility, improves your balance and helps prepare your body for the rigours of sport, or simply the stresses and strains of everyday life. Pilates exercises strengthen and tone the deep abdominal muscles, the shoulder stabiliser muscles, the buttocks and the small, deep back muscles, giving you a longer, leaner shape, a flatter, firmer stomach, better posture – and helps prevent injuries.
The good news is that you don't have to kill yourself to get results. Ten minutes a day is enough to achieve the considerable benefits. It doesn't involve a huge commitment and sessions can be easily worked into your day, at lunchtime or after work.
Pilates is suitable for anyone – young or old, fit or not. It is easy to learn but physiotherapists recommend that anyone suffering from back pain or other injuries may benefit from a one-to-one session with a trained teacher before beginning regular practice. Exercises done correctly will maximise the benefits.
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