By Jennifer Lee, MS RD LDN
In the early 1900s, Joseph Pilates created an exercise technique named Pilates. Dubbed the art of controlled movement, it’s been used as both a form of athletic conditioning and body injury rehabilitation. It can be found in physical therapy, rehabilitation and athletic facilities worldwide.
A gentle form of exercise, Pilates improves strength, muscle endurance, coordination and flexibility. It’s different from Yoga as it uses more continuous movements while Yoga focuses on holding postures. Pilates targets and shapes hard to sculpt areas such as the buttocks, under arms and abdominals. It can yield great results over time if you stick with it!
Recently I scored a one on one session with Ebb n’ Flow’s Pilates instructor Carol. I was coached through moves like the Hundred, Criss Cross and Teaser. While I worked through each move I was reminded of how essential breathing control is. As my stability and core endurance were challenged, I was mindful of the breath. This helped me stay focused and power through each move. Carol was encouraging and insightful. She had a keen eye to adjust my body mechanics for proper alignment and kindly explained the rationale. The next day my abs were sore- in a good way! Thanks for the great workout, Carol! :)