Benefits of Pilates and Barre
Pilates and Barre can help improve your posture, strengthen your core, give you energy, increase your strength and flexibility, and bring calm to your mind and body.
Pilates moves restore the body and can complement everything you do. So much of our daily lives put stress on the body. Pilates is a way to give the body a reset, and keep your muscles loose and flexible, important for staying free of injury. It will make your daily activities easier and enhance your performance in sports and help in the prevention of injuries. Pilates can also help the body in preparation for and recovery after childbirth - see Pilates for pregnancy.
The exercise is gentle, low impact, and non-aerobic. It focuses on the balance of strength, flexibility, mobility, and stability of the body starting from the core. It was created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s by borrowing from many different exercise disciplines including martial arts, tai chi, and his background as a boxer.
Barre is a low impact cardio workout combining Pilates principles and exercises inspired by ballet moves, to music. It strengthens and tones your muscles, improves core strength and posture, increases flexibility, increases your mind body connection and helps burn calories by increasing cardiovascular endurance and metabolism.
It involves the performance of graceful, controlled movements for several repetitions. The movements are focused on building core strength, alignment, conditioning and stretching to help develop sculpted and lean and toned muscles. It increases cardiovascular endurance and metabolism, which helps to burn calories.
Benefits of Barre include:
• better posture - including back strength
• more mobility, strength and stamina - particularly cardio and core strength
• better balance, co-ordination, and better muscle tone
• better mind-body awareness
• more energy and more able to relax and beat stress
• better sleep
• you get the benefit of Pilates without having to get down onto the floor/mat
Not bendy and fit?
Anyone can do a Pilates or Barre class. You don't need to be fit or bendy to do either class, but they will help you become fitter and more bendy. While both classes demand mental and physical focus, they are both enjoyable and energising. Both classes will move muscles you may not have moved for a while. We use small props in both classes such as light hand weights and small balls to add further challenge - but these are optional.