Martha Graham worked with Joseph Pilates … this reference is quite significant for any dancers!
Georges Balanchine considered Joseph Pilates as:
“The genius of the body”
Pilates completely meets the standards of this art and was used in rehabilitation but also can provide more control in the movement… dancers use their suppleness to perform most of the movements; Pilates brings control through the deep muscles without removing grace, fluidity or lightness…
Learn to breath, be able to adapt the breath to movement:
During a deep breath, there is a lowering of the diaphragm which causes an increase of intra-abdominal pressure making it more difficult to stabilize the pelvis.
That’s the reason why it is important and useful to contract both transverse, multifidus and perineum during movements.
To help the stabilization action, exercises of Pilates are based on the lateral chest breathing consisting of rib spacing and limiting the lowering of the diaphragm and thus increased intra-abdominal pressure.
For musicians & practising of asymmetric sports (tennis, golf...)
The performance of daily repetitive movements that still use the same muscles causes an imbalance. The practice of Pilates will use all the muscles and rebalance the posture.
Pilates helps to rebalance an asymmetric posture related to the practice of a musical instrument or an asymmetric sport.
Pilates reduces tension to allow better performance.
It is a good method to exercise his body in a fun way, relax and work balance and flexibility. It is a physical and muscular work also helps to develop creativity and imagination of children. This will enable them to know their bodies better and gain discipline and fundamental habits to better blossom oneself.
Pregnant women and young mother
Pilates accompanies childbirth preparation, toning the abdominal and pelvic floor. It improves respiratory process, oxygenation is enhanced which is beneficial for the baby.
After childbirth, it allows you to quickly find the form you had before pregnancy. (Do not hesitate to ask your doctor for advice.)
Pilates teaches you to breathe.
It improves your posture and alignment of your body, you gain balance, mobility and coordination. It also helps you to be fully aware of your body.
At any age, Pilates improves your flexibility, strengthens your abdominal muscles and pelvic floor.
This “attention to your body” will allow you to strengthen your overall fitness.