Pilates moves restore the body and can complement everything you do. So much of our daily lives put stress on the body. Pilates is a way to give the body a reset, and keep your muscles loose and flexible, important for staying free of injury. It will make your daily activities easier and enhance your performance in sports and help in the prevention of injuries. Pilates can also help the body in preparation for and recovery after childbirth - see Pilates for pregnancy.
The exercise is gentle, low impact, and non-aerobic. It focuses on the balance of strength, flexibility, mobility, and stability of the body starting from the core. It was created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s by borrowing from many different exercise disciplines including martial arts, tai chi, and his background as a boxer.
Not bendy and fit?
Anyone can do a Pilates class. You don't need to be fit or bendy to do Pilates, but doing Pilates will help you become fitter and more bendy. While Pilates demands mental and physical focus, you will find them enjoyable and energising. You will find that you will move muscles you may not have moved for a while. We use small props in our Pilates classes such as foam rollers, resistance bands, stability balls, light hand weights, ballet barre, chair and small balls to add/reduce challenge, release and massage muscles, to help you get the most out of your class.