Developed from the 1920s by the legendary physical training Joseph H Pilates, the Pilates traditional method is a series of 34 movements across a wide range of specially designed exercise equipment, used for Fitness Pilates and Rehabilitation Pilates. Modern Pilates has modified and adapted many exercises to make Pilates more functional for our lifestyles today.
Pilates is not just a series of exercises, it is a way of life. It will not only change the way you look, but how you think and feel, increasing your understanding of your body, the most precious gift we have.
There are 8 principles of the Pilates Technique combining eastern and western philosophies teaching you to breathe with movement whilst incorporating control, centering, precision and isolation within a flowing movement.
Why Choose Pilates?
Pilates is a balanced safe relaxing form of exercise. It combines the focus on suppleness that you find in yoga with strength movements you find in the gym. By correcting our posture, through Pilates we can strengthen our bodies against future injuries.
Fitness Pilates or Rehabilitation Pilates? It is now widely accepted that through Pilates there are two types of applications. The Principles of the Pilates movements remain the same. It is the manner in which you apply the movements that differentiate them.
In achieving fitness through Pilates, you may find your motives to be health related, in that you wish to improve your general fitness level. Performance related if you are a sports professional or in training, or as Remedial therapy, if you are seeking to improve your posture.
Rehabilitation Pilates is usually recommended after an injury, either through physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths or alternative medicine practitioner. This type of Pilates, depending on the nature of the injury could be taught in matwork classes or on a one-to-one basis with an instructor.
What happens during a Pilates Session?
Most of our classes are group matwork classes with a maximum of 20 people. The class normally begins with a few gentle stretches to relax you and get you focused, then we move onto a series of exercises designed to strengthen your core muscles (transverse abdominal and pelvic floor). During the class the whole body is challenged through various movements leaving our clients lengthened, energised and yet relaxed.