Mat Pilates

Matwork Pilates

It is a free body workout performed on a floor mat. A programme of specific exercises carried out in a fluid and continuous manner, the importance of which is the number of repetitions and rhythm. The main objective is the positioning and this in order to carry out the movements in an ideal alignment which is then a correct position for the spine, a source of relief for many types of back pain. The work is based on lengthening thus avoiding spinal compacting whilst optimising effort and protecting the joints. The self-expanding, or lengthening, consists of a fight against gravity: deep muscles will therefore be called upon.

We start from a basic level to more advanced levels, working the body as a whole. Props are used to increase the difficulty or to assist in carrying out the movements.

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The matwork exercises are carried out quite simply with a free body or with the help of small accessories. Their objective is to develop the body and mind in an even and harmonious way, focusing mainly on increased work of the core, (power-house) which is essential for the stability and mobility of the spine. This method is associated with specific breathing. Its aim is to rectify bad postures to restore physical vitality, and to stimulate the mind and the student. The method aims to achieve efficient and functional movements, thus contributing to improved performance.

The matwork classes are held in small groups for optimal care of students and a correct and perfect achievement of the movement under the attentive eye of the instructor. All our instructors are fully qualified.

Here are the most popular accessories

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The Swiss Ball

It does not originate from the Pilates method, but Pilates instructors love it. Developed in the 1960s by a Swiss woman, the Swiss Ball was adopted in the United States by a large number of fitness professionals in the 1990s. This technique is practised with a large, flexible and, by definition, unstable ball. The Swiss Ball makes it possible to work the body as a whole. The abs are extremely called upon because without them there is no balance. This is essential to succeeding in the various exercises. It is an excellent activity to strengthen the joints and to help you work on your concentration.

One of the principles is to find your centre of gravity by working the stabilising muscles. The abdominal muscles and the spine are particularly strained. The aim is not to increase muscle mass, but to tone and loosen the whole body for a harmonious figure and a good posture.

The small oxygen ball

Testing mobility and joint control, it can support the body in certain exercises by making them easier and safer. Due to its unstable nature and small size, it develops the deeper muscles and balance.

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The Roller

It stimulates joint mobility. Due to its unstable nature and small surface area, it is ideal for testing the body's ability to maintain balance and control. It is an aidto maintaining proper body alignment

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The Circle

This circular tool, equipped with two side handles, helps a lot to strengthen the core (abdomen, pelvic floor, back muscles), but it is also excellent for the legs (abductors, adductors).

The elastic band

The resistance offered by the elastic band can be used in different ways:
- to simplify difficult exercises by supporting the parts of the body in contact with the elastic,
- to increase the difficulty of an exercise by increasing the resistance already offered by the strength of gravity,
- to strengthen muscles and mobilise joints.

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Stability cushion and sense of movement

The special shape of the pimples allows a better sense of movement. This tool helps and participates in the muscular development of the feet and ankles whilst stimulating the blood circulation. It allows the massage of the soles of the feet.

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“Breathing is the first act of life and the last. Our very life depends on it.”

Joseph Pilates

It is a practice for all levels where classes are accessible to everyone. The Pilates method allows you to work the whole body in depth and adapts to all body shapes. The focus is on safety for beginners and improvement for the more experienced.

We offer quality sessions adapted to each person’s needs, physical condition and objectives.

It is a method that can be practiced at any age. It is suitable for people with little physical activity as well as for high level athletes.

Studio Nai'A

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13007 Marseille
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