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How Often Should I Practice Pilates?

How often should  I practice pilates? It is the question I am often asked especially by the new clients. Well, there is no One answer. It all depends on what results you are expecting to achieve.

According to the father of the method, Joseph Pilates, “If you will faithfully perform your contrology (original name of the method) exercises regularly only four times a week for just three months, you will find your body development approaching the ideal, accompanied by renewed mental vigour and spiritual enhancement.” 

Who would say “no” to mental vigour and spiritual enhancement! However, not all of us have the luxury of time and the budget to commit to four sessions a week. So where is the compromise?

If you want to get real results, say, release neck and shoulder tension and get fitter, or run a marathon without injury, or enhance your athletic performance, or get back into pre-pregnancy shape, commit to Pilates practice at least  2 times a week. And that should be an addition to your existing exercise regime. 

Even a simplest Pilates exercise focuses on multiple things – breathing, coordinated muscle contraction, balance, control. As a beginner you are often overwhelmed by having to do so many things at the same time while performing a movement, but as you progress you get better until you get into the flow. That is when your Pilates practice becomes meditation in movement.

Ideally, Pilates is something you do 24/7. Integrating Pilates concepts into your everyday life can help correct bad postural habits. Feel the shoulders creeping up and the neck getting stiffer? Get away from your computer and do a roll down to release the spine; feel the energy dip? do a standing 100 as a “little pick me up”. 

So my response to the question “How often should I practice Pilates?” is this: Once a week is great, 2 times a week is better, and 3 times a week is amazing!  

Most important, remember: Pilates should not be your only exercise. Commit to movement everyday.

Pilates to Boost Immunity?

Legend has it that Joseph Pilates invented the reformer when he was interned on the Isle of Man during WWI. He taught wrestling and trained his fellow prisoners that were bed-ridden using resistance of bed springs. Health conditions were bad and yet – according to Pilates legend – none of the prisoners fell sick during the infamous flu epidemic. So could taking a Pilates class improve immunity? Is this yet another reason for stepping up your regular practice to stave off winter colds and flu?

In his book “Return to Life Through Contrology” Joseph Pilates emphasised blood circulation (for “bodily house cleaning”) and breath (squeezing out “every atom of old air”). When the muscles are stretched, circulation improves. This, combined with the deep breathing associated with Pilates exercise, brings more oxygen to the muscles, creating healthier cells in the body. Take 100 hundred, doesn’t this exercise make you feel re-envigorated?

Furthermore, the body/mind connection, so pivotal in our Pilates practice, helps relieve stress and brings a sense of well-being. Our brains accelerate “the happy chemicals” production: endorphins and serotonin, giving us a natural high. This in turn boosts the immune system and helps to stave off flus and colds.

Do not let autumn blues get to you, stay active, keep moving.

ASPIRE Pilates Studio in The Hague Open Day!

On Thursday, October 8th, ASPIRE Pilates studio in The Hague opens its doors to give you an insight into the world of Pilates.

What is Pilates, how is it different from other exercise methods, who can do pilates and who can’t?

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Come to find answers and experience an equipment session for yourself! Whether you are in need of better coordination, balance, strength and mobility, or just want to enhance your quality of life – Aspire Pilates will create a programme to meet your needs.

Mental rejuvenation and higher self-confidence will follow!

We look forward to seeing you next week!

Aspire Pilates Studio Open Day

Aspire Pilates is holding an open house on Thursday, October 8, 2015. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the many benefits that Pilates brings to every age group and encourage healthy living. Open Day will run from 10.00 to 17.00 at Aspire Pilates Studio — at the Bloom House of Health, in the Koninginnengracht 28.  

 

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The studio will offer free postural assessment, private consultations, and taster one-on-one sessions between 10.00 – 16.00. All are welcome to stop by the studio for tours, demonstrations, special offers and giveaways. 

 

Those who are keen to explore what Pilates is should book a free taster session. Fill in the contact form HERE for FREE registration. There will be special offers for newcomers to the studio; open day is a great opportunity to learn how Pilates can enhance your wellbeing and quality of life.  

 

Aspire Pilates is a fully equipped studio featuring state of the art Pilates apparatus by Balanced Body. The studio offers a wide range of services: Private and Duet sessions, group classes, remedial work, inter alia breast cancer recovery. 

 

Aspire Pilates is endorsed by Dr. Merle Kroll, MD and vascular surgeon, specialist in preventive health at The Hague International Health Centre.  Whether you are in need of increased coordination, balance, strength and mobility, mental and spiritual rejuvenation, higher self-confidence, or just want to enhance your quality of life – Aspire Pilates can help create a programme to meet your needs. 

 

To learn more about Pilates and Aspire Pilates studio CLICK HERE!

 

Send your friends, family, neighbours along. Lots of prizes and give aways await!