More about Pilates

What is Pilates?

Developed by the legendary physical trainer Joseph H. Pilates during the first half of the 20th century, Pilates (pronounced Pi-lah-tees) is a disciplined, focused form of exercise that combines western and eastern philosophies.

The method teaches breathing with movement, body mechanics, balance, co-ordination and positioning of the body. Pilates has spread from a single studio in New York frequented by professional dancers to a technique with world-wide appeal practiced by people from every age group and background.


Why Pilates?

Because it works!
Eliminates bad postural habits
- you may even grow taller as the
  spine is allowed to lengthen out
  to its natural height!

Relieves stress
- you will feel a sense of inner
  calm after a session

Improves general health
- correct body alignment means
  vital organs are properly supported
  and circulatory and immune systems
  function more efficiently

Because it's fun!
No boring repetitions
   or unnatural positions!
No jumping and pumping!
No sweating and straining!
No burn and pain!

"The Pilates method of body conditioning develops the body uniformly, corrects posture, restores vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit."
(J. Pilates)


Pilates focuses both mind and body   -   Calms the senses

Pilates does not build bulk, it strengthens weak muscles and stretches tight ones.

The emphasis is on "elongating" the body to create a longer, leaner and taller silhouette. Muscles are lengthened and flexibility increased through the strengthening of ligaments and loosening joints.


Basic principles

Centering
Creation of a "girdle of strength" is the starting point for each exercise as this centre controls the rest of the body.
Flowing
Each movement is designed to be performed in a slow, gentle, flowing way, with no sharp, jarring movements.
Breathing
Learning to breathe efficiently gets the blood pumping, charging the cells with oxygen and rejecting waste gases.
Concentration
Every movement requires total concentration, focusing on the muscle being worked as well as the rest of the body, ensuring correct alignment.
Precision
Attention to detail is important in order to ensure the each movement works the body in the correct manner.
Control
Being aware of what the body is doing at all times. It is only by making a conscious decision to transform your shape that unconscious changes can take place.


Who can do Pilates?

Pilates is suitable for people of all ages

Those who have become discontented with the "gym scene" and need
   a more focused programme

Those wishing to reduce mental and physical stress

Those who require a gentle yet effective exercise regime

Those who require more specific guidance for their exercise programme

Those recovering from injury who need a more specific physical rehabilitation

Those wishing to improve sports performance or dance technique

Those requiring more stretching and strengthening of their musculature

Those suffering from back pain and other joint or muscular problems

Those who have never exercised before

 

"Pilates ... is gaining mastery of your mind over the complete control of your body"
(J Pilates)


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