What Is Mat Pilates?

Mat Pilates

Pilates has literally exploded as an industry and as a mainstream form of exercise over the past decade.

This is awesome!

It’s the start of the realisation of Joseph Pilates original vision of every person in the civilized world having access to his work and all the amazing benefits you get from it.

But so many people these days associate the reformer bed with pilates and miss out on the magic of pilates mat work, which is the essence and foundation of the exercise method called pilates.

Reading Joseph Pilates two books, Your Health and Return to Life through Contrology is immensely inspiring and motivating. He was a true wellness warrior, wanting to change humanity thorough health and fitness… a very strong core value and mission of Pilates Plus.

When you think about it, he created an entire exercise method both with and without equipment, over 100 years ago when the health and fitness “industry” didn’t exist! He was a genius well ahead of his time.

He also realised that to get his exercise method to be used globally, people needed access to it at no cost and without having to leave their home.

So, he created a set of 34 exercises that did not require any equipment and could be performed anywhere at any time.

And the PILATES MAT WORKOUT was created.

To master this workout exactly as Joseph outlined in his book is considered the pinnacle of pilates practice and can take many years to develop sufficient strength, mobility and understanding of the movement principles.  

Like any exercise method, you need to start at the beginning, learn the foundations and be consistent with your practice over a period of time.

Once you have developed pilates mat core strength, you’ve also developed movement skills that are functional and will enable you to do daily tasks with ease and reduced risk of injury.

As we age, one of the biggest physical challenges that could potentially develop is a reduction in mobility and with that a lose of independence.  

Nobody wants to lose the capacity to get out of a chair, get in to a car, get up and down stairs or just walk down to the shops without a walking aid.

Taking the time and effort to learn the highly valuable skill of pilates mat exercises should be the foundation of any health and fitness program.     

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