Pilates is a safe sophisticated system of exercises that targets the deep postural muscles of the abdomen and spine to improve overall posture, flexibility and core stability. It consists of flowing movements and co-ordination, coupled with concentration, focused breathing and slow precise movements designed to increase core stability and strength.
The origins of pilates stem from early part of 1900 from its inventor 'Joseph Pilates' who as a child had been very frail but developed a technique of physical fitness using experiences from classical Roman to body building to martial arts.
He developed his own approach to exercise and body conditioning which gained popularity as athletes found it the best way to recover from injuries and prevent recurrence.
Over the years it has been developed and from the 1970's on has become increasingly popular with the public.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM PILATES?
Anyone can benefit from Pilates as it is a very gentle form of exercise. Although if attending for a specific ailment or injury it is best to inform the teacher prior to starting the class.
WHAT SORT OF EXERCISES DO I DO?
Pilates is a complete exercise method developed by its founder Joseph Pilates over the course of a lifetime dedicated to improving physical and mental health. Pilates focuses on building your body's core strength and improving your posture through a series of low repetition low impact stretching and conditioning exercises.
By core strength, we are talking about your back, abdominal and pelvic muscles. Through Pilates, you will be able to develop these muscles without adding bulk, increasing your flexibility and agility and at the same time toning your stomach and thigh muscles.
Pilates goes far beyond your core muscles however and not only provides a complete body workout (you will be working muscles you didn't even know you had!), but also helps you develop an awareness of how your body works, helping your mind and body to work in harmony
During Mat Pilates you will use your body weight and different types of small equipment to challenge and strengthen your core. By doing this your general strength increases allowing you to perform better on a daily basis. This makes Pilates the 'backbone' of your exercise programme. "In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 sessions you will see the difference and in 30 sessions you will have a whole new body" – Joseph Pilates.
Principles learned from Matwork are now applied during exercise on the Reformer. Exercise on the Reformer is made challenging through the use of resistance by springs against your body weight on a moveable carriage. The original Reformer exercises were strenuous and required high levels of fitness – suiting the ballet dancers Joseph Pilates worked with at the time. These exercises have now been modified to build your endurance while your muscles elongate and your spine aligns. Reformer Pilates will dramatically transform the way your body looks, feels and performs. It teaches body awareness, good posture and promotes easy movement