No, Pilates and Yoga are two very different things. I wrote an article on my blog that explains the difference between the two. Click here to read it.
Joseph Pilates famously said: “You will feel better in ten sessions, look better in twenty sessions, and have a completely new body in thirty sessions.” What a promise! I can already hear some people saying that it’s too good to be true.
Simply put, Pilates is a gentle exercise method that will help you discover your body in a new light. It will help you:
Increase your muscle strength
Correct your posture, the alignment of your pelvis, your feet, and even correct the way you walk
You’ll lengthen your muscles, you’ll feel (and look) leaner because the strength you’re building won’t be concentric (as in traditional fitness classes) but eccentric (like in ballet, Pilates of course, and Yoga).
Your PowerHouse (abdominals, back, perineum) will be considerably strengthened. Your joints will be stronger but also more flexible. Your respiratory capacity will improve, and so will your balance and alignment.
Mentally, your concentration will improve, and you’ll feel less stressed.
I will end with a message for all the mamas out there. I believe Pilates is THE solution to correctly and durably re-educate the perineum after a baby.
I’m going to be upfront with you here: you won’t have time to be bored! I design each Pilates session based on you and your needs so you won’t get bored! Usually, people come to Pilates to strengthen their core, gain flexibility, or heal old injuries. Pilates builds strength for the whole body in a consistent way. Joseph Pilates built this method around six principles:
- the centre
No problem. The Pilates method is gentle and progressive. If you give Pilates a try, you’ll develop awareness of your body relatively quickly. You will also learn to move your body fluidly, with precision and control.
Everyone from top athletes to sedentary people practice Pilates, so there is room for all bodies. Add to this the fact that it is a method recognised and acclaimed by physiotherapists and osteopaths, and we can really say that Pilates is really for everyone.
Universal and practical, Pilates offers many benefits. Pilates is for everyone. Whatever your body type, age, shape, or flexibility, Pilates is for you!
Pilates can be done anywhere. Of course, you can practice Pilates on a machine in a studio equipped with the equipment (discover our studio classes). With a small investment (15 € to 30 €) in a Pilates mat, you can also practise in the comfort of your home. Under my watchful eye if you choose the private classes formula (at home or virtual classes).
Physical benefits include:
- Elongating your figure.
- Correcting your posture and alignment.
- Strengthening your body.
- Reducing your stress levels.
Mat Class or Reformer Pilates, two very different worlds. When you practice on Pilates machines, the exercises are different from those in a Mat class. Also, a Reformer class is generally slower-paced because of the handling of the machine. On the other hand, working on machines, you’ll get the benefits of the resistance of the springs, which will leave you feeling elongated and stretched. On Pilates machines, you also practice alone, or with one or two partners, so expect a more individualised class, with more corrections and indications.
A Mat Pilates class is a semi-collective class (4-6 people) with a faster and choreographed rhythm. Read more about Reformer Pilates in this article.
If you’re doing Pilates at home, you’ll need to invest in a Pilates mat (different from a Yoga mat). The mat should be at least 15mm thick (up to 30mm for more comfort) so that you don’t hurt your back when you roll on it. You can also invest in a “magic circle“, and a pair of 500g weights. That’s it. In classical Pilates, there is no need for a rubber band or a ball.
Yes, in fact Pilates can really help you with your athletic performance. Pilates can make your body evolve and improve your athletic performance by teaching you to be more anchored, give you more control and precision over your movements, and leave you with better spatial awareness. See how Pilates can actually improve your performance as a golfer in this post.
Mat exercises (on the floor) are essential for strengthening the center, a founding principle in Pilates. Indeed, without the support and support of the machine, you will deeply strengthen your frame, and you will certainly sharpen your concentration, 2 of the principles essential to a correct practice of Pilates. Learn more about Pilates Equipment and Mat classes here.