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
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.
Because it works!
bad postural habits
- you may even grow taller as the
spine is allowed to lengthen out
to its natural height!
- 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!
or unnatural positions!
No burn and
"The Pilates method of body
conditioning develops the body uniformly, corrects
posture, restores vitality, invigorates the mind and
elevates the spirit."
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.
Creation of a "girdle of strength" is the starting
point for each exercise as this centre controls the rest of
Each movement is designed to be performed in a slow, gentle,
flowing way, with no sharp, jarring movements.
Learning to breathe efficiently gets the blood pumping,
charging the cells with oxygen and rejecting waste gases.
Every movement requires total concentration, focusing on the
muscle being worked as well as the rest of the body,
ensuring correct alignment.
Attention to detail is important in order to ensure the each
movement works the body in the correct manner.
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
Those who require a gentle yet effective
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
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"