What

Pilates is a method of exercising that connects body and mind, being appropriate for  any stage of our life. But it is especially recommended for people over the age of 50, because at this age one starts loosing muscular mass and strength. From 60 years and up, our body will need help to maintain its functionality.

The discipline of Pilates avoids extreme movement and looks out for the natural balance of the body. The technique improves the body’s stability through exercising the back and abdomen muscles. This enhances your posture and often helps people to feel more secure. It is an excellent option if you have back pain, are easily tired, or suffer from osteoporosis.

Why
As said above, through practicing Pilates, people of all ages will feel more strong, agile, flexible, and improve their physical and psychological coordination.

Through Pilates you will

  • develop muscle density and strength
  • maintain body flexibility
  • improve general body coordination
  • enhance the coordination between body and mind
  • reduce symptoms of stress
  • enhance self-confidence and self-esteem.

How

Find below some Pilates specific recommendations.

First: It is essential to listen to your body and know its limits.

Second: regarding the arrangement of the session →

  1. Choose the appropriate time to develop the exercises, and try to practice them at the same time of day. This will make it easier for your body to get used to do the exercises.
  2. Set up a place to practice the exercises: Find a quiet place and remove the distractions (TV, phone, etc...) from the area. Try to create a relaxed environment.
  3. Focus: If you like, you can play some calm, instrumental music. Sit in a chair, relax, close your eyes and try to feel your body.  Now you are ready! :)

You can watch our instructional video on Pilates or read on for a description of selected exercises

Warm up exercises.

1. Breathing:

  • Sit in a chair, lean backwards and let your shoulders relax. Close your eyes and imagine that from the top of your head a thread goes up to the roof pulling your neck and whole body.
  • Put one hand to your ribs and the other hand on your lower tummy.
  • Inhale deeply through your nose.
  • Exhale slowly trying to push all air out of your body.
  • Inhale again.

Repeat the exercise 5 or 6 times.

2. Raise your arms inhaling, and lower them exhaling. Repeat the exercise 5-6 times.

3. Raise your arms, turn your torso to the left and lower the left arm. Turn your torso to the right and lower the right arm. Repeat the exercise 5-6 times.

4. Lift both of your arms to the level of your shoulders and again, turn your torso. First to the left and then to the right. Repeat the exercise 5-6 times.

5. Put your feet together. Raise your left leg about 5 cm form the floor, and put it back to the floor. Raise your right leg and do the same. Repeat the exercise 5-6 times.

6. Turn you neck to left, look softly to your back, as much as you can or like; then turn your neck to right, do as you did on the left side, and go to the first position. Repeat the exercise 5-6 times.

Watch our video on Pilates!




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