Wunda Chair: Its Benefits and History

Pilates has been around for a long time- around one hundred years have passed since Joseph Pilates introduced Pilates to the world. Originally developed as a workout method to gain balance and flexibility for the body, Pilates is nowadays one of the most popular exercises around the globe. Thousands of teachers are now available to teach Pilates, with newer methods and equipment being added to the existing discipline of Pilates on a regular basis. One of these pieces of equipment is the wunda chair, which has achieved a considerable following in the past few years.

Though Pilates in its original form was developed as mat-based collection of routines, equipment was soon introduced to build better and greater resistance for the body. Joseph Pilates himself was the pioneer of a number of these pieces of equipment, including the wunda chair.

So, what does the wunda chair do? Above all else, the main function of the wunda chair is to provide you with the chance to work with added resistance against the body. Anyone who has ever done Pilates can tell you that the more resistance you can put your body against, the more endurance you will be gaining. The Pilates chair, or the wunda chair, can certainly give you that chance.

The wunda chair also works wonders for your upper body in areas like the neck, arms and shoulders, as well as the lower body. The wunda chair provides benefits for the lower back, the abdomen, the spine and the pelvic region. It helps you with a number of benefits, including building the strength of the core of the body. Also, it can help you rehabilitate after an injury faster than mat-based Pilates ever could, as well being able to relieve the body of knots and muscle aches.

Interestingly, the Pilates chair, or the wunda chair as it is commonly know, is one of the very few instruments actually developed by Joseph Pilates himself. The chairs he developed were small in size, and could be folded in a number of ways to accommodate them in houses, while also double-timing as household furniture. The wunda chair has developed considerably since then. Nowadays, chairs are made in a very lightweight fashion, enabling the user to even carry it with them.

The original Pilates chair developed by Joseph Pilates was very simple in design, with only a seat, pedal and springs making up the whole of it. Nowadays the chairs come in a number of designs, though all of them incorporate the original essence of the chair Joseph Pilates built. Modern wunda chairs can often come with a split pedal to give access to broken limbs, as well as with added spring to allow for better movement of the body while in the chair. There are also advanced exercises tailored to suit the chair only, making Pilates even more useful for the body.

The ‘wunda’ part of the wunda chair comes from the word ‘wonder’, and it can certainly do wonders for you. Some forms of Pilates occasionally use the wunda chair, while others, like Scott Pilates, use the wunda chair extensively. The wunda chair is particularly useful for stability and flexibility exercises, as the chair and its structure provides better support for the body to perform such techniques. Instead of using the weight of the body itself and gravity against the body as resistance to build up endurance like in mat Pilates, the wunda chair is a genuine opportunity to use naturally added resistance for the body to work with. For this, many Pilates trainers suggest the wunda chair as the first choice machine of Pilates exercise.

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