Anyone can do Pilates!
What is important is your ability to "focus" and of course, your (utmost) interest for the system.
Pilates is endorsed by Doctors, Chiropractors, Dancers, Athletes, and even Physical Therapists all over the world.
So, whether you are 20, 45 or 93, fit or generally healthy, sedentary or physically challenged the experience is personalized for any lifestyle.
In general, Pilates improves the overall physical and mental condition. The goal is finding the "optimal" balance between mind and body.
PILATES IS THERAPEUTIC
It serves as a great rehabilitation program* following injury. (Most especially for those having neck and back issues) The whole body is conditioned regardless of the problem area. But, the primary intention would be to strengthen muscles surrounding the injured area.
PILATES IS FOR THE OVERWEIGHT
The "no impact", "non-jarring" movement is a perfect complement allowing no further stress on its joints.
PILATES IS FOR THE ELDERLY
The safest conditioning program which focuses on improving muscle tone, develops strength, agility and coordination. Since workouts are done mostly lying down, full support on the spine is addressed. Arthritic conditions are improved through a series of programs which allow mobility and joint release.
PILATES IS FOR PRE / POST NATAL CONDITIONS
A gentle and personalized exercise which prepares bodies of "mothers to be" till full term. The program accommodates the many physiological changes, but it also alleviates some discomforts like constipation, fatigue, swelling of the extremities, (particularly strengthens lower back muscles) which are experienced althrough out the term. The goal is to effectively condition the body to increase muscle tone, strength and endurance. Allowing ease in delivery.
After delivery, Pilates is a perfect regimen to bring back bodies to shape.
The 7 Basic Principles:
6. Flowing Movement