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What Is Pilates?


 

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a system of physical and mental conditioning designed to build your strength without bulking up your muscles, often associated with abdominal work as all of the exercises are initiated from the core. The quality of the movement is valued over the quantity of repetitions. Emphasis is place on proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment with fluid movements.


Why do Pilates?

  • Develop a strong core with flat abdominals and strong back muscles.

  • Increase strength and flexibility simultaneously

  • Improve posture, stability and alignment

  • Learn to move efficiently, to control your own body

  • Correct muscle imbalances, improve sports performance and prevent injuries.

  • Its low impact but challenging at the same time!

 

Who is Pilates for?

Regular Pilates practice doesn’t stress your body in the ways that lifting weights or other workout methods may.  Our studio specialised in semi-privates (up to 5 clients per session, whereby each individual is assessed and given an individual workout). Our clients are mostly people who don't like or feel comfortable in a gym environment and value individual attention that ensures correct technique and a workout that is relevant for them


Pilates is a low impact full body workout, if you are; overweight, stiff, need to improve your back and core strength, or improve your sports performance and reduce your risk of injury, or tighten up your pelvic floor, then Pilates can help you!



Where Did Pilates Originate?

The name Pilates comes from Joseph Pilates, he was born in Germany in 1880. Joseph worked as a boxer, circus performer and self-defense instructor. During WW1 Joseph was captured and placed into a camp; it is believed that it was in this camp that he developed and began teaching his mat exercises. Joe was a genius for his time in health and fitness. Joe produced two books, which are still available for purchase: YOUR HEALTH and RETURN TO LIFE THROUGH CONTROLOGY (Joseph named his exercises Contrology, today we call them Pilates).