Since this blog, is about my passion for beautiful things, I guess there's nothing wrong in posting about my passion for this beautiful thing that is Pilates. After all, what can be more beautiful than taking care of one's body? : -)
Pilates is something I have always been obsessed about, every since I was a ballerina, as it is very similar to ballet class but it can take things to a whole new level... Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates in Germany. Now there are more than 15 million people who practice the discipline!
Pilates called his method Contrology, because he believed his method uses the mind to control the muscles... The program focuses on the core postural muscles which help keep the body balanced and which are essential to providing support for the spine. In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine, and aim to strengthen the deep torso muscles.
In recent years, Pilates DVDs have become increasingly popular. I do recommend finding one for your own level and start practicing with patience and constancy.
Pilates also focuses on the muscles around your joints — especially hips and shoulders, where you work to refine smaller muscles in those areas. It balances the muscle system so that no one muscle group is stronger than the other. You prevent injuries and create an immense amount of body awareness... which is beneficial whether you're sitting at your desk all day or you're a serious athlete.