The Pilates exercise system is useful in promoting back health and is an exercise program that helps by being at the heart of the core postural muscles and keeps the body balanced as well as being instrumental in providing spinal support. The Pilates Exercise is used to impart instructions regarding awareness of neutral alignment of the spine as well as help to strengthen the deep postural muscles and so alleviate as well as prevents back pain.
Developed in the early 1990s
Named after its originator, the Pilates exercise program was a system that was developed in the early 1990s with the aim of improving health as well as for supporting the health of those who were World War I internees. This was followed by incorporation of springs into programs for rehabilitation used on hospitalized patients and was further translated into machines and finally unique equipment was created that is now used in the Pilates exercise system. Article on: Pilates Exercise Ball
There are a few important principles that are included in all Pilates exercise programs and some of these are using mental focus to improve efficiency of movement as well as controlling muscles, being aware of neutral spine alignment or proper posture while exercising, developing the deep muscles of the back and abdomen in order to support such posture and using breathing to promote mental focus as well as centering. The Pilates exercise program also creates length, strength as well as flexibility in the muscles.
In the beginning, Pilates exercise was mainly used by professionals such as dancers who found these exercises worthwhile for improving strength, balance as well as flexibility and in the 1980s the Pilates exercise was rediscovered and is presently a very popular form of exercise for those who need health benefits. There are two formats of the Pilates exercise and these are using the one of kind Pilates’ equipment in private or semi-private sessions and group mat classes that does not require equipment. Resources for: Pilates Exercise Equipment
With the Pilates equipment, use is made of the resistance of springs in order to create effort and the main piece of equipment is known as the Reformer which has a sliding platform anchored at one end of its frame with springs and this platform is able to be moved by pushing off from a stationary bar or pulling on ropes. On the other hand, mat exercises which are normally taught in group classes, focus on the spine as well as the hips and the scope of the mat program is not extensive as that of the machines.