Pilates is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work. - Joseph Pilates
Pilates is a mental and physical body-conditioning programme using exercises to change the way we use our bodies. Many people experience a true awareness of their own bodies as they practice the Pilates Method.
The focus is on strengthening the deep core muscles in your body including the pelvic floor, abdominals and deep back muscles. This is achieved by working through a series of low repetition low impact conditioning exercises. Put simply, Pilates builds strength from the inside out. It helps to re-shape your body which will become longer, leaner and more toned.
Body Control exercises have been developed for both mat and machine work and are adapted from the original classical exercises by Joseph Pilates. In order for someone to work safely and effectively and to gain the full benefits of Pilates these classical exercises have been broken down. This helps to establish good movement skills.
Any age or fitness ability can do Pilates and the method can progress to become more challenging as you get stronger.
This form of exercise also benefits the mind as you are encouraged to focus on the movements of your body when you participate in a class. This helps to improve the connection between your mind and body, helping them work in harmony. This can have a positive effect on your well-being.
Pilates can help correct the poor posture and unhelpful muscle habits that develop in us throughout life. Many osteopaths, physiotherapists and GP’s recommend Pilates as one of the safest forms of exercise today. When practiced regularly Pilates can help you become stronger, more toned and flexible, with increased energy levels.