What is Pilates:
Pilates is a form of mind-body exercise that focuses on strength, conditioning, and flexibility. It was founded by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s who claimed that “after 10 sessions you’ll feel better, after 20 sessions you’ll look better, and after 30 sessions you’ll have a new body.”Pilates is an excellent option of exercise for everyone as it can be so versatile. It can be used as a complete work out or as an add on to a pre-existing routine. Pilates is a form of low impact exercise that means it is gentle on the joints yet it is still challenging enough to ensure key muscles such as the abdominals are being strengthened. There are many modifications and levels available so it makes it a safe option for rehabilitation work, beginners, and advanced clients.
MatWorks Pilates has a team of qualified instructors who utilise specific exercises to improve posture, core strength, and achieve balance. At MatWorks, we only teach classes on a mat, however, we do utilise a range of equipment such as massage balls, therabands, and foam rollers. Our programme incorporates self-massage techniques to release tension in the muscles, and focus on the problem areas of the 21st century body. The ‘she’ll be right’ attitude of many Kiwis can leave our bodies holding unnecessary stress. Pilates aids in stretching out those tight muscles that are a result of sitting for long periods and strengthen the weaker areas. MatWorks Pilates in very different from Yoga. We aim to provide you with knowledge about your body and how you can apply that to your everyday life.At MatWorks, each Pilates class can be specifically tailored to ensure that you are getting the most out of your session. We aim to provide variety in our classes by changing the focus each week to match our clients needs.
A typical 45min Pilates class will include:
It is very important to prepare your body properly for more difficult movements. A good warm up will also guide you into a focussed headspace. This section of the class concentrates on gentle stretches, slowing your breathing down, and warming your muscles up.
This middle section of a Pilates class focuses on delving deeper into the main principles of Pilates. The aim is to strengthen muscles that may be weak from bad posture or from being underutilised. The core (abdominal muscles) is usually a point of focus here, as well as glutes (bottom), and mobilising the spine.
The class will draw to a close with more gentle stretching and deep breathing exercises. A good warm down will also empower you with knowledge to continue your day knowing with you are getting the most out of your body.