What is AquaPilates?
The key principles of Pilates are:
- Breathing: breathing, whilst doing physical activity, is fundamental to oxygenate muscles and provide them with nutritional substances. You must reach the necessary level of concentration in Pilates to be able to carry out the movements. We normally breathe involuntarily however Pilates requires deeper breathing, therefore the main respiratory muscles are activated (the diaphragm, the inhalation muscle, and the abdominals, the exhalation muscles).
- Core control and axial lengthening: all Pilates exercises start from the power house, that is, the group of muscles made up of the abdominals, gluteus and lumbar muscles. Deep contractions of these muscles lead on to the spine elongating. The vertebrae separate by a few millimetres and this creates an unmistakeable feeling of well-being.
- Workout of the shoulder girdle: the spine works together with the arms in all directions.
- Mobilisation of the spine: the spine must be both elongated and mobilised on all levels and you must learn to move it by extending and flexing, but always in a controlled and concentrated way, trying to activate one vertebrae at a time.
- Concentration and precision: there are no careless or imprecise movements in Pilates; everything is done with maximum concentration. It is the quality that counts not the quantity - it is best to repeat an exercise one less time than do it incorrectly an extra time.
- Fluidity: all movements must be fluid and harmonious; what you are doing must not only be effective but nice to watch too. Working out in a fluid and controlled way greatly lowers the risk of injuring the musculoskeletal system.
Following the popularity of Pilates, a new discipline is catching on, which is the result of the teachings of Joseph Pilates and new well-being trends: Aqua Pilates.
This sport is a form of exercise made up of movements and natural positions (apart from the variants of Pilates, all exercises are carried out using the natural body weight) combined with deep psychophysical concentration. This is why Aqua Pilates can be counted as a holistic discipline, that is, an activity that trains both th colore mind & body, and this combination is not a coincidence; it is fundamental for carrying out the activity. Keeping the mind, spirit, body and emotions in harmony improves your quality of life and your health.
Why is it better in the water?
It takes an effort on dry land to try and tighten your core abdominal muscles. In water the effect is even greater as you need to maintain your balance and perform the exercises in addition to tensing your core muscles.