The Benefits of Pilates

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No matter who you are we all have heard of Pilates and the benefits of this type of exercise.  Most people who have decided to try Pilates have reported improvement in range of motion, flexibility, circulation, posture, abdominal strength, and they have also noticed a decrease in back, neck and joint pain.

Pilates improves mental and physical well-being, increases flexibility, and strengthens muscles through controlled movements done as mat exercises or with equipment to tone and strengthen the body.  In addition, Pilates increases circulation and helps to sculpt the body and strengthen the body’s “core” or “powerhouse”.  This system of exercise was developed by Joseph Pilates.  As a nurse in Great Britain during World War I, he designed exercise methods and equipment for immobilized patients and soldiers.  In addition to his equipment, Pilates developed a series of mat exercises that focus on the torso. He based these on various exercise methods…

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