WHAT IS PILATES?
Pilates is very closely based upon the method of body conditioning and training developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s. Pilates is an exercise method, which relies on strengthening core postural muscles. It works by building strength from the inside out, rebalancing the body and bringing it into correct alignment. It helps to reshape your body, which will become longer, leaner and more toned. It avoids the muscle and ligament damage, sometimes associated with other fitness regimes.
By working in the deep architectural structure of the body, 'core stability' is achieved, and then maintained, through increasingly complex movement sequences. Specific problem-areas can be targeted by an exercise, but always in relation to the rest of one's body.
Its consistent success rate in solving such problems has brought it to the attention of osteopaths, chiropractors, physiotherapists and homeopathic doctors.
Mat Based Pilates
Pilates dramatically transforms the way your body looks, feels and performs. Mat based classes build strength without excess bulk, creating a sleek, toned body with slender thighs and a flat stomach. Pilates teaches body awareness, good posture and easy, graceful movement, improving flexibility and agility.
Who is it for?
- Anyone wishing to improve his or her total fitness, posture and appearance.
- Professional sports-persons using advanced conditioning programmes to enhance performance
- Any athlete can be given an extra edge.
- Performers (actors, dancers, musicians, etc.)
- Chronic back pain sufferers.
- R.S.I. sufferers
- First-time exercisers
- The elderly
- Those wishing to prevent and treat osteoporosis (some exercises use light weights)
- Those with stress-related illnesses, eating disorders, weight disorders
- M.E. sufferers
Basically, for everyone!
"In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see the difference, and in 30 you will have a whole new body." -Joseph Pilates
BENEFITS OF PILATES
Greater joint mobility
Stress and tension relief
Less incidence of back pain
Improved balance and co-ordination
More efficient circulatory & respiratory system
Increased bone density
Reduction of risk of injury
Pre and Post Natal