What is Pilates?
"In 10 sessions you'll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you'll see the difference, and in 30 sessions you'll have a whole new body".
Pilates is a form of body conditioning exercise that helps mobilise, tone, lengthen and strengthen the whole body. It’s a way of learning how your body works that gives you the tools to improve your own posture, appearance and physical wellbeing. The message is ‘Quality, not Quantity’. The exercise method evolved from the principles of Joseph Pilates and can dramatically transform the way your body looks, feels and performs. Key to this is the control of the core muscles, found in your abdominal, back and pelvic areas. Pilates can improves co-ordination, posture and balance as well as easing pain and stiffness.
It can benefit everyone regardless of their age or fitness level. By helping to correct muscle imbalances the body is realigned and can move more efficiently and effectively. The method is proving popular not only for those who simply want to get fit or de-stress but for people with back pain, specific injuries or medical problems, top athletes and sports professionals. Pilates has gained increasing support and recognition from the medical profession, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors.
Whether you are trying to improve your sporting performance, alleviate back pain, rehabilitate after injury, ease arthritis or simply want to improve your well-being and happiness, we believe Pilates can help.
Who was Joseph Pilates?
"Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong posture, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit"
Joseph Hubertus Pilates was born near Düsseldorf, Germany in 1883. Small and sickly as a child, he was afflicted with asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever, and was continually taunted by the bigger children. He quickly became determined to overcome his physical disadvantages. Joseph began to self-educate himself in anatomy, bodybuilding, wrestling, yoga, gymnastics, and martial arts. He soon achieved an almost Adonis-like "anatomical ideal," to the extent that at the age of 14 he was posing as a model for anatomy charts. He was also an accomplished boxer, skier, and diver.
Joseph designed a unique series of vigorous physical exercises that helped to correct muscular imbalances and improve posture, coordination, balance, strength, and flexibility, as well as to increase breathing capacity and organ function. He also invented a variety of machines, based on spring-resistance, that could be used to perform these exercises.
Through the years the Pilates Method has gradually evolved and integrated current bio-mechanical thinking, including utilising modern pieces of equipment. However, the roots of the technique are steeped in the philosophy and movement patterns designed by Joseph Pilates over 90 years ago.
The popularity of the Pilates Method has spread steadily since the day when Pilates first opened his studio. Pilates has now become a worldwide phenomenon with over 12 million people practicing, and the numbers continue to grow due to its effectiveness and adaptability.