Pilates was invented as a full body workout to strenghten the deep back muscles in 1883 by Joseph Hubert Pilates. The main goal is to achieve a correct posture. Pilates focuses on the pelvic, abdominal and lower back muscles (“Centering”). This center is the starting point for every exercise. All exercises should be build on each other and later smoothly flow into one another.
For the training Pilates uses a mat or a special Pilates machines. The foundation for all strength exercises and stretching exercises is a special breathing technique. This technique does not only lead to a permanent tension of the deep core muscles but also helps with relaxing and concentration. During all exercises the main focus has to be a controlled movement. This is another aspect of Pilates. There has to be body control all the time (“Contrology“).
With our special issue and to avoid any kind of wrong posture we should make sure to find a very experienced instructor (if possible a physical therapist) who specifically has a huge knowledge about the cervical spine. All movements should be done slowly and fluently in order to prevent joint problems. Also it should be considered to start just with a couple of exercises while lying down.