Updated: May 26, 2021
Keeping new year's resolutions is tough
According to UAB Medicine News, less than 8% of people actually stick to their resolutions each year, yet millions continue to set goals with high hopes of a better year ahead. So this year, Helen Zhang, Founder of My Body My Pilates is helping people make a real change.
Shaping up 2021
20 years ago, Helen suffered a knee injury and Pilates helped her recover, become stronger and happier. Helen has all the right reasons then to keep her new year's resolution. Now she wants to help others through Pilates but she wants to encourage people to take up Pilates not because they have a pain to nurse but to incorporate Pilates as a way of life.
Pilates as a way of life
Pilates, the popular low-impact workout system, now has improved potential to help re-shape bodies for healthier lifestyles with two innovations offered by Japanese Pilates specialist My Body My Pilates.
The Tokyo-based Pilates practitioner is dedicated to building its clients’ levels of health and fitness for happy lives by making Pilates a natural way of life, not just a system for managing pain.
It’s committed to bringing world-class Pilates programmes to Tokyo where it serves the vast city’s local communities and international visitors with Pilates classes comprised of the Pilates system of core exercises that help flatten and tone the mid-section, while stabilising and supporting the spine.
Pilates is usually offered in classes on mats, but a different kind of Pilates performed on a Reformer machine has gained popularity the world over.
Invented by Pilates guru Joseph Pilates himself, the Reformer is a bed-like frame with a flat platform that rolls back and forth on wheels, used as part of Pilates sessions under the direction of a qualified instructor.
Equipped with springs for both assistance and resistance, it helps achieve proper muscle length and strength by enabling a full range of motion to increase flexibility, in a complete body workout that’s different from regular Pilates exercises performed on a mat.
Reformer Pilates is great for people looking to hone in on precise core movements to isolate more muscles than in regular Pilates, and it’s also a good option for low-impact recovery and injury rehabilitation.
Made of durable foam, the Oov® complement the curves of the spine and is designed to lengthen and stabilise the body – putting it in a position where it’s never at rest. In doing so, it forces users to control movement by challenging their balance and stability.
The Oov® activates core stabilising muscles while also gently extending the spine to stimulate healthy intervertebral disc lubrication.