About Pilates


0a6b27e6ee613de267008ad403e8b15eThe Origins – Joseph Pilates (1880-1967)

Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1880, a sickly child who suffered from Rickets, asthma and rheumatic fever. His parents were warned that he would not live a long life, yet Joseph was determined to overcome his fragility and so began to explore and experiment with many different approaches toward health and fitness. Through this his health improved dramatically, and the origins of Pilates can be found in yoga, gymnastics, skiing, self-defence, dance, boxing, circus training and weight training. By choosing aspects of each to develop and strengthen his own body, he developed an incredible method of body conditioning which was years ahead of it’s time.

 

What Is Pilates?

Pilates is a holistic approach to exercise that aims to improve body awareness, posture and alignment, strength, flexibility, muscle balance and ease of movement.

Based upon an anatomical understanding of the body’s muscular and skeletal systems, a Pilates class is designed to restore the body to perfect balance through movement.

Pilates exercise program is based around the basic principles of:

  • Breathing
  • Centring
  • Control
  • Precision
  • Co-ordination

The exercises work on the deep stabilizing muscles of the trunk, thus encouraging proper support for the spine and improving joint mobility.

Pilates is now recommended by many GPs, osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists for help in overcoming a variety of injuries and postural problems.  In addition, professional athletes use Pilates to boost their performance and prevent injuries.