Pilates -SOMETHING FOR EVERY BODY
Joseph Pilates’ exercise method is based on a set of principles which include focus, balance, concentration, control, centered awareness, fluid movements, and breath. Central to Pilates is the development of core strength – this increases flexibility, coordination and body awareness.
“Pilates is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work.”
Joseph H. Pilates
Pilates has grown in popularly and is practiced by people with widely varied backgrounds and abilities. It is also suitable for recovery/ rehabilitation from injury/ medical procedures. It is often recommended by physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and doctors. One of the reasons it has become so popular is that it is effective and it works!
Under expert guidance you work at the level that you are comfortable with, challenge yourself when it feels right for you, and importantly - rest when you need to. It does not matter what the rest of the class are doing – the time you spend in class is about you and you are encouraged to focus on yourself.
The exercises originally were developed to be performed on an exercise mat – but Joseph also developed equipment that enabled recovery/ rehabilitation students to benefit from his method. Today you can choose to join a mat class (like the classes I offer – see Class Times), or join an equipment class - such as a private one to one Reformer class that I offer. If you prefer something more active, maybe try a Barre class - this is a fun cardio workout combining Pilates, Ballet and Stretching to music.
“The real beauty of Pilates is that once you have mastered the exercises you can use the technique in all areas of your life because they not only make you stronger, but also teach you to become aware of your body and how you use it”