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Every Thursday at 9.30am. Evening classes coming soon!
Joseph Pilates developed the exercise in the 1920s as a way for bedridden hospital patients injured during WWI to keep up their strength. After opening his first Pilates studio near the New York City Ballet, he ended up using his practice to help recover injured ballerinas who needed a way to keep their dancer form. Gaining popularity in the ’90s, Pilates is now used as a low-impact exercise that builds strength, tones the muscles and creates a long, lean body frame.
Who does mat Pilates work for?
Pilates experts advise that you should take a mat class prior to trying the reformer. Mat Pilates will teach the foundations of the exercise, easing newbies into the workout. When you show up for your first class, make sure to bring a water and grip socks (while some studios allow the option to go barefoot, grip socks can often aid in helping you balance during difficult positions), and avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing. While many studios will provide mats, you may want to invest in your own if you decide to keep up the practice.
Physical benefits of mat Pilates
Generally, the goal of a mat Pilates class is to strengthen the body’s “powerhouse,” a Pilates term that refers to your abdominals, lower back muscles, pelvic floor, hips and glutes. Through a series of floor exercises using resistance bands and rings, the workout helps build, sculpt and tone these muscles, giving your body a long, lean look. Pilates can aid in flexibility and improving posture, as stretching your body is a vital part of class. While low-impact, Pilates burns fat during and after class, as your muscles continue to shed calories long after class ends.
Mental benefits of mat Pilates
A Since you are concentrating so strongly on breathing deeply, the mind can benefit from mindfulness, relaxation and stress reduction during and after class. Over time, your mind becomes trained to stay more focused not only while working out, but also in your everyday life. Those who practice Pilates often reap the benefits of these deep breathing exercises, suffering less from anxiety, anger and even depression.
Only $10 per session!
Pilates is a great way to work on your flexibility and strength!
MAT PILATES – 50 minutes
Thursdays at 9.30am with Rocco
I would just like to offer my testimonial with regards to MCRI’s well-being classes.
I always look forward to my Pilates classes because I know I will walk away from them feeling refreshed and relaxed for the afternoon. Since starting, I have noticed a marked improvement in my posture and body-awareness which has helped I would definitely be interested in attending more of these classes should any more be added to the roster.
Sandra – Murdoch Children’s Research Institute Testimonial