Pilates is the technique that has revolutionized the fitness!
It has won even Hollywood stars, from Madonna to Glenn Close, Sharon Stone, Uma Thurman, Jodie Foster who praise the benefits.
J. H. Pilates stated: “In ten lessons you will feel the difference. In twenty lessons you'll see the difference. In thirty lessons you will have a new body.” It is clear that much also depends on the intensity of the sessions, but the first results are immediate and correspond especially to the overall sense of well-being related to posture.
The Pilates technique gives flat stomach, stretched muscles, correct posture and a feeling of general well-being.
The Pilates method is traditionally performed in individual sessions. In this way the instructors are able to adapt the exercises to the individual needs of the student taking into account the peculiarities, faults and planned objectives for each individual.
Pilates is a physical science, a technique of great precision, the results of which, once acquired are not lost anymore.
The frequency or duration of training depends on the objectives, body structure, shape and physical limitations if there are any. Remember, though, that the Pilates focuses on quality and not quantity.
It is important to find the time to train up to an hour at a time from two to five times a week (to be divided in the studio and at home), even if it turns out that sometimes a workout of 30-35 minutes is better suited to the daily task.
To be able to see changes in the body after three months, it is recommended, as JH Pilates himself recommended, to have a Pilates session every other day. In this way, your muscles will have enough time to rest adequately and simultaneously “fix in mind” the sensations felt during movements in previous sessions.
Both yoga and Pilates involve a close connection of the mind and body. Both have also focused on the improvement and development of strength, muscle tone and flexibility; the development of a good posture; and learning proper breathing. However, attention and mental focus required in Pilates has no spiritual meaning, and typical meditative yoga. It has but one purpose: to perform the exercises correctly, in a controlled, precise and fluid manner.
The training for the development of force (as in the exercises with weights) is another aspect that found in the Pilates method. The Pilates develops lean muscle mass and promotes bone health, but as “resistance” uses the weight of the body itself. Unlike the work with weights, however, the exercises of Pilates allow the limbs to move throughout their entire range of motion, stretching the muscles and improving joint mobility. In this way you can get a more integrated force, connected directly to the movement.