Experience Pilates with Elite Defence Academy International and Sophia Karayiannis
WHAT IS PILATES?
Pilates is a system of exercises developed by Joseph Pilates. The fundamental principles of Pilates are based in developing a mind body connection and deep awareness of the body in movement. With a focus on breath, we use this deep awareness to develop the core and create balance in strength and mobility. When we use concentration and control, we achieve harmonious, precise and efficient movement as we flow through our practice.
HOW CAN PILATES ENHANCE MARTIAL ARTS AND SELF DEFENCE TRAINING?
Pilates is adaptable to all fitness levels and specific needs this is what sets it apart from other fitness regimes in that it is the ultimate cross training tool.
Pilates exercises increase joint and muscle flexibility through active mobilising. These types of exercises encourage good alignment and quality movement, gradually increasing your overall mobility safely.
INCREASE CORE STRENGTH AND IMPROVE POSTURE
Pilates exercises will teach you to correctly engage the very deep core muscles of the torso, spine and hips. These are postural muscles that when strengthened and developed correctly will support your movement not only in class but as you go about your daily life.
OVERALL TONING AND LEAN MUSCLE
With the benefits of a strong core and increased mobility as mentioned above, you will start to gain lean, long muscle this is due the Pilates policy of quality over quantity. When Pilates exercises are executed correctly whilst recruiting all right muscles in the right way, you get a great full body routine that develops overall strength and tone.
SYMMETRY AND INJURY PREVENTION
Where there is unequal strength or mobility in joints or opposing muscles, we have the potential for chronic and pain and injury. Where there is equal strength and flexibility through the body, we have harmony and safe movement. By developing equal strength and flexibility throughout the body there less chance of injury in your self-defence classes as well as during normal daily activity.
Enhanced co-ordination and control of limbs and torso as well as improved balance, due to increased core strength and improved body awareness. These are vital aspects of self-defence training
Using Pilates as part of your recovery and rehabilitation program when injured will give faster results and you will come out stronger than before.
Pain relief from bad posture and habitual movement related tension.
Mental and emotional stress relief. Pilates requires an immense amount of concentration; it is a mindful movement practice allowing you to forget your problems and indulge in self-care not only for the body but just as importantly for the mind.
Other health benefits like increased lung capacity, improved circulation and cardiovascular health.