What is Pilates?
Pilates is a body conditioning exercise that targets the deep postural muscles. Re-educating
these muscles using controlled exercise will provide relief from aches and pains caused by
modern life. Pilates also incorporates the mind-body aspect of training, gone are the days of 'no
pain no gain'. This is the thinking person's exercise. By tuning in the mind to the way we exercise,
we can have more control over our body in our daily lives. Therefore having a better quality of
Joseph Pilates was born in Germany and began to develop his exercise system in the early
1900's. He was a sickly child suffering from asthma and rickets. He began to develop his system
to strengthen his sick and weak body. He named his technique 'The art of contrology' or muscle
control, to highlight the approach of using the mind to master the muscles.
Who is Pilates for?
Pilates is for any person of any age, our clients range from 11-76 years of agel This is because
the exercises are broken down into progressive stages. Individual instruction is developed
around an initial assessment and allows you to gradually strengthen any highlighted areas.
Pilates is also used as a form of rehabilitation for a wide range of ailments as many clients are
referred by doctors, osteopaths and physiotherapists who have discovered the benefits of
Pilates. Many actors, athletes and sports teams have also realized the benefit and now use
Pilates regularly as part of their training.
Common conditions which can benefit from Pilates
- Neck and Back conditions
- Hip and knee replacements
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Pelvic instability
- Pubis Symphysis Dysfunction
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Breathing Disorders