Safe effective Pilates for all ages and abilities

What is Pilates?  

The Pilates Method was devised in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. Considered to be well ahead of his time in his research and understanding of exercise and physiology, he developed an exercise system that is still taught throughout the world today.

Along with is original exercises which are still taught today, his original mat based exercises have also been modified in line with current research, to enable people from all backgrounds, with all levels of fitness, and those with injury to start at a manageable level, but still maintain the principles of his original work.

Joseph Pilates observed that when there was a weak or misaligned area in the body, a person tended to over-compensate or over-develop another area, therefore it was important to not only correct the misalignment but to re-educate the body so that injuries did not recur.  

Pilates is a body-conditioning method that works in a different way to other fitness techniques. The slow, controlled, flowing movements primarily strengthen the deep ‘core’ muscles of the back, shoulders, abdomen and gluteus that stabilise and support the spine. By building strength from the inside out it rebalances the body and helps to correct  postural alignment. It helps to reshape your body, muscles become longer, leaner and more toned. Tight muscles are stretched and weak muscles are strengthened.

Pilates is now an incredibly popular form of exercise with the general public of all ages and levels of fitness, and is also used widely by sports men and women and dancers as it provides the perfect balance between strength and flexibility.

Taught by fitness professionals and also recommended by physiotherapists, the Pilates method is used to prevent and rehabilitate injuries in various parts of the body, and to relieve stress by bringing the mind and body together, focussing on total concentration, balance, precision and breathing.

Why Pilates?

  • Safe and effective for all ages and abilities.

  • Prevents and rehabilitates injuries by developing a healthy spine and a body balanced with strength and flexibility.

  • Helps to improve sports performance by training the ‘core’ muscles of the body, creating a ‘power house’ of strength and agility.

  • Creates a flat stomach by training the Transverse abdominis which acts as a muscular girdle, not only supporting the back as you move but creating an aesthetically pleasing look.

  • Mobilises the joints and stretches the muscles of the body, particularly beneficial for hip, back and shoulder problems.

  • Relieves stress by allowing you to clear your mind of problems and worries as you concentrate fully on the controlled movements and specific breathing technique.

  • Strengthens the pelvic floor muscle - particularly beneficial after childbirth.

  • Teaches you to engage deep core muscles and to carry out daily activities with a good posture to keep your spine healthy.

Pilates Principles

  • Concentration

  • Breathing

  • Centering

  • Precision

  • Flow

  • Body awareness

  • Stamina

  • Relaxation