introducing mat pilates to our repertoire
We've had a busy month! The June Challenge went off swimmingly with our contestants collectively losing 50cm off their waists and 52 cm off their hips in just THREE weeks! Pretty amazing, if we do say so ourselves. Make sure to sign up for the August Challenge - limited spots available.
Now to our amazing news: we have being fully trained to teach Balanced Body Mat Pilates in Colombo. So let us tell you a bit about it!
What on earth is a "Pilates"?
Pilates is named after its Founder, Joseph Pilates, born in Germany in 1883 - who initially developed the method to rehabilitate injured soldiers in WWI whilst living in England. He moved to New York in 1926 where he expanded his practice to teach people of all walks - from dancers to police officers. Pilates places a significance in the use of the mind to control the muscles and was often used to help heal and build strength in individuals who were recovering from injuries.
And what's a "balanced body"?
The Balanced Body institute is one of the main Pilates training institutes in the world. It is one of the very few institutes approved by the "Gold Standard" certification provider Pilates Method Alliance. Balanced Body is led by Ken Endelman & Nora St-John who have revolutionised the apparatus used in the original method as well as the mat movements to suit the modern body with all its "new" ailments.
We are the only instructor in Sri Lanka to be trained with the Balanced Body Institute. You can be assured that due to the thorough and intensive training carried out by our fantastic master trainer, we are best placed to assist you with all your fitness and wellness goals!
Why do you call it "mat" pilates?
Pilates have different forms of practice. Mat pilates requires you to use your own body weight to complete the movements (aided by a few props such as a ball or straps). It will focus on working both small and large groups of muscles. Over time, core strength, flexibility and muscle tone will begin to increase. Maximum results are achieved by working out at least 3 days a week.
Other Pilates formats include various apparatus - replicating Joseph Pilates' original contraptions for rehabilitation of soldiers in the hospital. Apparatus includes the Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, Trap Table to name a few.
So, what are the benefits of pilates?
An effective mind-body workout: By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement, you become acutely in tune with your body. You actually learn how to control its movement.
Develop a strong core: Think flat abs and strong back.
Long, lean muscles with flexibility: More conventional or traditional workouts are weight bearing and tend to build short, bulky muscles - the type most prone to injury. Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility.
Creating an evenly conditioned body: Conditional workouts tend to work the same muscles resulting in weak muscles getting weaker whilst strong muscles get stronger, resulting in muscular imbalance. Pilates conditions the whole body so no muscle is left untrained - resulting in good postural alignment and creation of muscular balance!
Gentle: Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low impact and partially weight bearing. BUT don't be fooled, its extremely challenging!
Finally, what should I expect in a class?
Classes will be 45 minutes long. Any props you require will be provided. The class will take you a through a series of positions & movements - each with different names. Modifications & challenges are provided so no matter what your fitness level - we ensure a safe, effective workout.