What is Pilates?
Pilates is a system of exercises designed to improve core strength, flexibility, improve posture and general well-being. The focus is on building strength in a balanced way with exercises done on a mat or using special apparatus such as the Reformer, Cadillac and Wunda Chair. Small specialist equipment such as resistance bands and magic circles may be used in mat Pilates.
German born Joseph Pilates developed this training method in the 1920s for the purpose of rehabilitation. The Pilates principles are traditionally cited as:
When honouring the Pilates Principles the depth of the work is achieved, in mind, body and spirit.
Who is Pilates for?
Pilates is for everybody. The method will benefit people of all ages and levels of ability and fitness, from beginners to elite athletes. Exercises can be adapted to suit anyone! If you’re looking to strengthen your core, improve your posture, rehabilitate from injury or just want to feel stronger and move better, then Pilates is for you.
Benefits of Pilates:
The emphasis on proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, concentration on flowing movements with precision and control will help you become in tune with your body. The quality of movement is valued over the quantity or repetitions.
You’ll develop a strong core, your powerhouse. The focus on improving strength and flexibility in a balanced way will mean you are less likely to become injured. Pilates leaves no stone unturned. It conditions the whole body, even feet and ankles! Complete control of the core is achieved by integrating the powerhouse, pelvis and shoulder girdle.
You’ll learn to move better in everyday life when you develop good technique and re-train your body to move more efficiently and safely. This is invaluable when recovering from injury, performing better in your sport, maintaining good posture and general well-being.
Learning to breathe properly while moving with control and precision will also aid relaxation and reduce stress levels.