About Pilates

You are choosing Pilates because it:

 

* Addresses posture and alignment

* Promotes and improves core stability

* Tones and lengthens muscles 

* Improves flexibility, co-ordination and balance

* Encourages pelvic and abdominal strength and support

* Assists in reducing muscular pain

* Produces a general feeling of well being

 About PIlates

 

Pilates is a body and mind conditioning method that is accessible for all ages and levels of fitness. Joseph H Pilates (1880-1967) devised the system of exercises now known as Pilates as a way of attaining personal physical strength and combatting his own serious health issues. He developed his philosophy on physical health and well-being initially as a system of mat exercises that he was to call “Contrology”. Towards the end of the first world war he worked with wounded soldiers in camps in England where he applied, developed and expanded his ideas to incorporate apparatus which would allow for rehabilitation work while lying in supine position. It was during this time that he designed equipment such as the ‘Cadillac’ and the ‘Universal Reformer’.

 

Pilates migrated to the United States in 1926 and opened a studio on 8th Avenue in New York with his wife Clara. There, his work attracted many dancers such as Martha Graham, Ted Shawn and Ron Fletcher. He was extremely possessive of his method and entrusted its instruction to a chosen few. Pilates died in 1967.

 

The repertoire is performed on mat and also incorporates a range of equipment and machines invented by Pilates. Fundamental to the method are the principles of Breathing, Centering, Concentration, Flowing movement, Precision, Control, Alignment and Commitment.  The exercises can be easily modified to suit a range of experience, strengths and ability and also to accommodate needs associated with conditions and injuries.

 

Pilates has become widely recommended by health professionals as a means to build core strength. It has proven to be an effective and safe method for rehabilitation after injury, to improve posture and correct alignment and muscle imbalance.