What is Pilates?

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Pilates is a method of exercising that can change the way you move, look, and feel. It improves strength and flexibility; posture and coordination, and helps you to focus inwardly to concentrate the mind and alleviate stress.

Pilates exercises all muscle groups in the body ensuring that the right muscles do the right job. It works by lengthening and strengthening muscles, and targeting the deep core muscles, which can lead to a more toned and conditioned body as well as correcting bad postural habits and faulty movement patterns.

Pilates promotes good joint mobility and improves bone density. What makes it different from other forms of exercise is a deep understanding of how the skeletal and muscular framework of the body works therefore encouraging and improving better movement patterns.

It is beneficial for all age groups and fitness levels as well as pre-or post-natal, those with back problems and sports injuries, as well as those simply pursuing personal fitness goals. Each individual works within their own range, to a programme that can be adapted modified and customised to meet the individual’s needs.

The effectiveness of the Pilates Method mirrors the growth in its popularity. It is highly recommended by health professionals for rehabilitation, as well as for those who want the ultimate workout.

The Benefits of Pilates

  • Improves muscle strength and tone
  • Improves flexibility and joint mobility
  • Helps to correct poor posture
  • Improves co ordination and balance
  • Improves bone density and joint health
  • Relieves stress and tension and creates a sense of calm
  • Improves circulation
  • Helps to manage and alleviate back pain

"If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young."

- Joseph Pilates

8 Pilates Principles
  • Concentration
  • Relaxation
  • Alignment
  • Breathing
  • Centring/Core
  • Co-ordination
  • Flowing Movement
  • Stamina

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