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Alexandra Kamilaki

Pilates

The current trend for health and fitness

The Pilates method was first devised in the mid – 1920s by Joseph Pilates. Joseph, since his youngness, was determined to overcome his physical weakness because he was suffering from a variety of ailments as a child.

So very early in his life became very fit and later he created the Pilates method which came from influences from his studies of various sports and exercise routines from both Eastern and Western disciplines.

The original exercises, consisted of thirty - four moves. The current trend for health and fitness and an ever growing awareness of the importance of looking after ourselves on all levels, body mind and spirit may explain the growing popularity of Pilates over the recent years as well as yoga trend. Both demand of the trainee to make sure they get enough rest, eat a healthy diet, as well as maintaining a level of fitness and well - being, reducing stress and keeping a positive look on life.

The moves of Pilates themselves function differently from many other forms of exercise. Here the focus is primarily on strengthening the central core and using the abdominal muscles to control the movements, whereas many other forms of strengthening exercise concentrate purely on developing the limbs themselves.

Pilates works to stretch and lengthen the muscles, allowing the body to become stronger and firmer without building bulk. In the same time it teaches you to focus the mind as you exercise the body and gradually improving your coordination, body awareness, flexibility and overall alignment.

The purpose

Why Pilates?

The Pilates method works the body as a whole, ensuring stability, balance, correct alignment, good muscle control and correct breathing are maintained while the various muscle groups are being exercised.

It increases our self awareness, making us more aware of what we unconsciously do with our bodies and enabling us to identify and alter bad habits.

It also provides us with the opportunity to develop areas that need attention, allowing us to build up strength in our weak areas.

Some people are drawn to Pilates because of its proven body shaping effects the gentle stretching and lengthening the movements draw the muscles into longer, leaner shapes. Other are drawn to it because they want a challenging whole – body workout that strengthens and increases stamina, but do not wish to lift weights.

Still others are referred to Pilates by their chiropractor, osteopath, physical therapist, or medical practitioner.

In summary

The benefits of Pilates

In summary the benefits of Pilates method are as follows:

  • Develops core abdominal strength,
  • Helps you develop a leaner body by lengthening and stretching the muscles without building bulk,
  • Improves balance, poise, stability and flexibility,
  • Reduces stress and fatigue,
  • Works with the deepest muscles of the body to build strength and control,
  • Improves mind and body awareness,
  • Exercises the muscles without causing pain or risking muscle tear or jarred joints,
  • Teaches you not to strain your muscles, but to enjoy the movements as you stretch,
  • Enhances muscle control without causing tension,
  • Relieves pain, stiffness and tension,
  • It is suitable for anyone, regardless of age or level of fitness,
  • The principles of Pilates can be applied to any movement or activity.

Pilates is designed to give your suppleness, natural grace and skill that will be unmistakably reflect in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work.

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Alexandra will lead you in her method which combines Yoga, SUP Yoga, Pilates, Healing Massage and Su Jok.

All have the aim to transform you and change the behavioural paterns into a better life style.

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