Why you should do Pilates Mat Classes
If you're just getting started with Pilates, you might not even be aware that you can do Pilates without machines and studio equipment. The equipment is practically symbolic of Pilates, but that doesn't mean a good old fashioned mat class isn't effective.
It's time for you to discover the undeniable benefits of mat work.
Cover the basics
You'll learn all of the fundamental Pilates movement techniques in Pilates mat classes. Neutral spine, a properly engaged core, c-curve, shoulder and pelvic stability, spinal articulation, full breathing and working with oppositional energy. These are integral to Pilates mat work. Learning these basics on the mat where there are fewer things to keep up with makes it that much easier to use them on the equipment.
A Pilates mat workout that incorporates the classic Pilates sequence is an exceptionally good workout that will provide the foundation for a lifetime of healthy habits, not to mention, of course, that Pilates mat work is the alpha and omega of core workouts.
It's gentle...but it's also challenging
Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low impact and partially weight bearing. Pilates is so safe, it is used in physical therapy facilities to rehabilitate injuries.
Pilates is also an extremely flexible exercise system. Modifications to the exercises allow for a range of difficulty ranging from beginning to advanced. You will get the workout that best suits you now, and increase the intensity as your body conditioning improves.
Pilates has nothing to do with religion, but it was definitely developed with the intention of helping to integrate and elevate the body, mind, and spirit. Pilates exercises are always practiced with the Pilates principles of centering, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow.
When a Pilates workout is infused with this kind of attention and quality it becomes more than a physical experience, and the effects are felt throughout one's life. The mat is the perfect place to embody the Pilates principles.