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What is Pilates?

Pilates is a system of gentle but challenging exercises designed to treat the whole body with particular emphasis on the core muscles. These are the muscles that are responsible for maintaining our posture and body alignment.

In Pilates we focus on 6 principles:

  • Breath
  • Concentration
  • Centring
  • Control
  • Precision
  • Flow

The benefits of Pilates include:

  • Improved posture
  • Increased flexibility
  • Better awareness of breathing techniques
  • Strengthening of the main muscle groups
  • Improved balance

Pilates can help with common health problems, including:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Back problems
  • Pre and Post Natal
  • Recovery after injury, illness, or surgery

Where does “Pilates” come from?

During World War II, a young man named Joseph Pilates devised a system of exercises for internees to help them recover more quickly from illness and injury.

Joseph was always very interested in improving his own fitness levels and explored many different disciplines and techniques until he came up with his own system, which he named ‘Contrology’.

Joseph Pilates’ work soon attracted the interest of athletes, actors, and dancers, and by the 1920s he had opened the very first Pilates studio in New York. With his wife Clara, Joseph perfected his exercise system which he believed provided a “unique trinity of a balanced body, mind, and spirit”.

It has since been renamed after its inventor, and refined by a number of Pilates organisations so that we, too, can benefit from Joseph Pilates’ pioneering work.

Who is Pilates for?

The good news is that people of all ages and fitness levels can practise Pilates. It does not require you to be flexible or have lots of stamina. If you are someone that has not exercised for a while, Pilates is a great way of kick starting your physical fitness again. It is just as useful very fit and active people to maintain peak physical condition.

What is a Pilates studio?

When you say “Pilates” most people think of mat classes. But, Pilates exercises were first intended to be practised on special equipment designed by Joseph Pilates himself, although it has been adapted and developed over the years.

This range of equipment is completely different from the exercise machines you might find in a gym. It consists of four big pieces called the “Reformer”, the “Cadillac”, the “Combo Chair”, and the “Ladder Barrel”, and they mainly use springs to provide resistance.

If you like the sound of Pilates, why not claim your free trial session?

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