CONDITIONING OF THE FULL
BODY AT PILATES INFINITY
BODY AT PILATES INFINITY
Pilates movements engage more than just one muscle group to work, thereby creating an evenly conditioned and toned body. All muscle in the body is equally train during a pilates session. Unlike weight training exercises, pilates eliminates the potential for muscle imbalances. Muscle imbalances are the disproportionate development of different muscle groups, which can lead to injuries. Pilates focus and all muscle groups and eliminate imbalances in the body for better posture and being in tune with your entire body.
Pilates Infinity classes time slots
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|17:30 – 18:30||17:30 – 18:30||17:30 – 18:30||17:30 – 18:30||–|
|18:30 – 19:30||18:30 – 19:30||18:30 – 19:30||18:30 – 19:30||–|
ALL ABOVE TIME SLOTS ARE GROUP CLASSES. SEMI PRIVATE AND PRIVATE TO BE ARRANGED
Group session – R80 pp per class (1Hour)
Semi private session (2 people) – R320 pp per class (1Hour)
Private session (One on One) – R230 per class (1Hour)
Equipment, matts & water supplied
Equipment, matts & water supplied
more about pilates
WHAT IS A
Invented by Pilates founder Joseph Pilates, the reformer is a bed-like frame with a flat platform on it, called the carriage, which rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame. The carriage is attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs. The springs provide choices of differing levels of resistance as the carriage is pushed or pulled along the frame. The carriage has shoulder blocks on it that keep a practitioner from sliding off the end of the reformer as they push or pull the carriage.
At the spring end of the reformer there is an adjustable bar called a footbar. The footbar can be used by the feet or hands as a practitioner moves the carriage. The reformer also has long straps with handles on them that are attached to the top end of the frame.
They can be pulled with legs or arms to move the carriage as well. Body weight and resistance of the springs are what make the carriage more or less difficult to move. Reformers parts are adjustable for differing body sizes and for differing levels of skill.
For close-up details of the Pilates reformer, see The Anatomy of a Reformer.
What Are the Benefits of Pilates Reformer Exercises?
The reformer offers all the famous benefits of Pilates including overall strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. These things in turn lead to daily life improvements like better posture, graceful, efficient movement, and for many, relief from pain associated with physical imbalances such as back pain. When we talk about strength building and Pilates the Pilates powerhouse muscles, the muscles of the core, are paramount. Flat abs, strong backs, toned buttock and thighs are all results of this emphasis. Other equipment and Pilates mat exercises do that too, but the reformer creates a unique and varied exercise environment.
The reformer is large enough to accommodate full-range motion which is wonderful for increasing flexibility while building strength. It seems to invite the length we want to create in the body. And it trains the body to sustain that length. Pushing and pulling with legs or arms against the resistance of the springs, carriage, and body weight is generally strength building. The exercises provide enough resistance and movement variety to help build strong bones. And there is a special feature: eccentric muscle contractions. This is when a muscle lengthens as it resists a force. The reformer is a set-up for eccentric contraction. That is one of the keys to achieving the long, strong muscles without bulk that Pilates is known for.
The instability of a rolling carriage with the springs set at different levels of resistance provides all kinds of stability challenges that develop core strength and promote better balance. For example, having less of the body on the carriage is one of the ways Pilates exercises get harder. It means more body weight has to be supported by the practitioner, and the body and machine have to be controlled even more from the core. Paradoxically, when the springs are on a lighter setting some exercises are more challenging for the core because it has to work harder to control and stabilize the movement. The stronger core, the better the balance, posture, and overall well-being.
Exercising with the reformer is possible for anyone, at any level of fitness. It’s no wonder the full name of the reformer is the Universal Reformer.
About The Healthy Living Education Company
Healthy Living Education (HLE) was founded by Gerda Miller (physiotherapist) in 2003 to develop, promote and integrate the use of exercise therapy in the clinical practice, rehabilitation field and exercise environment. Collette de Vries (Pilates Trainer) joined HLE in 2004 to develop and present courses and workshops. In 2011 HLE decided to broaden the spectrum of training not only focusing on the health care professionals, but to also look after the needs of fitness and Pilates trainers. Courses have been developed and added to cater for the needs of this group. Leonie Dyamond(Fitness trainer, Pilates trainer and Educator) joined HLE in 2011 to help promote HLE for the fitness industry.
The curriculum focuses on the analysis of function and movement patterns, assessment of movement dysfunctions and how to improve and retrain function, postural control and awareness. The Healthy Living courses are well researched to incorporate the latest evidence-based studies and research that have been done in the fields of movement and retraining of function. Stability strategies and exercises, as well as Pilates exercises, are incorporated at the different levels of functional retraining. The courses have a very strong focus on the understanding of the basic and functional anatomy in order to understand movement patterns. To ensure consistent high quality of education the courses are updated and accredited on a yearly basis. A high quality assessment program for our instructors, to ensure quality teaching, is also in place.
Links have been made with University of Stellenbosch and the courses for health professionals are CPD approved.
Courses for fitness and health trainers are in the process of being accredited through SAQA..
Gerda Miller, who serves on the SA Pilates Association Board (http://www.sapilatesassociation.org.za/), further ensures that all courses are aligned with current standards in the Pilates and fitness industry.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM HEALTHY LIVING EDUCATION COURSES
Physiotherapists, biokineticists, pilates-, fitness trainers with a specific interest in movement, exercise, rehabilitation and postural retraining.