What is Pilates?
Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates (1900-1967). He opened his first studio in New York in 1926. Pilates was firstly very popular with dancers.
Pilates first came to the UK in 1970, where it has flourished amongst celebrities and sports people as well as the general public.
Pilates is a form of exercise that encompasses 7 key principles: Concentration, Co-ordination, Breathing, Alignment, Flow (of movements), Centreing, Isolation and Integration.
Pilates is used primarily in its modern context to help improve alignment, postural and Centre issues, which is why it is very useful for people suffering with a variety of musculo-skeletal problems. Clients have improved greatly from issues such as lower back ache, sciatica, shoulder problems including frozen shoulder, lower limb issues such as knee pain... the list in endless!
Many of the exercises taught by Pilates Teachers are evolved repertoire.
As science and experience has grown, Pilates has evolved. Clients now also have very different jobs, we spend a lot of time sat down rather than walking around, which has meant the need to ensure more rotation and extension into classes in important.
In your mat class, the Teacher will use props such as the theraband, soft ball or swiss ball to help you with exercises or to make them harder. In your Apparatus class, an array of bigger Apparatus will make exercises easier or harder. If you are not sure which would suit you best, visit my 'Apparatus' Page for more information.
We hope that you will enjoy your classes which are flowing, fun and interesting. We also hope that you will gain a better awareness of your body and how to over come pain cycles that you may be stuck in. Remember, you only have one body, so treat it well and it should last you a life time.
Come and give Pilates a go, and see what all the fuss is about!