CONTROL and BALANCE
Having control of our own body and finding the right balance between mind and body itself, is the basis for a good posture and a state of general health. Performing exercises haphazardly nor with accuracy, is often a waste of time that does not lead to any benefit.
Being in control of our body has a 360° effect over the individual’s health, because the systems (neuro-muscular system, endocrine system, respiratory system, etc.) that communicate with each other, starting from the mind, are definitely improved. Just think, for example, of the respiration (on which the method Pilates insists) that unfortunately many overlook: the proper use of the diaphragm is crucial not only for the breathing sake, but also for a good posture and therefore for the whole body functions.
Having mastery, control and awareness of our body also improves the entire immune system, making it more resistant to external attacks caused by stress or by the environment.
When prisoners were captivated and locked up in the island of Mann, and there was a bad outbreak of cholera, the practitioners of the method “Contrology”, invented by Mr. Pilates, were the only ones to escape thanks to their efficient immune system!
Having also a fine motory control, is vital for all sports people and for athletes to improve their specific performances. Just think of tennis, for example, and at the difference that a precise and controlled shoot can make.
The search for balance between body and mind not only helps concentration, but also helps the relation between the dominant and the weaker sides of the body.
For these reasons, Pilates is increasingly practiced as a compensatory gymnastics and for postural realignment suitable for any category.