The Benefits of Pilates
Pilates really can make a difference to your well-being, through 'low impact' exercises that won't take a toll on your body.
- Improve your posture
- Become stronger, leaner and more toned
- Decrease stress and fatigue by learning to breathe more efficiently.
- Increase flexibility, mobility and balance
- Strengthen your core to give you a flatter tummy and a well-supported spine.
- Help prevent, rehabilitate from and improve injury and back pain
- Improve sports performance
- Enjoy a gentle and relaxing mind-body workout.
What is Pilates?
At the core of Pilates is the ethos of a healthy body and a happy mind, giving you balance and calm to tackle whatever life throws at you.
By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, core strength and complete concentration on smooth, flowing movement, you become acutely aware of how your body feels and how to control its movement.
Pilates works on the whole body, but in particular the deep “core muscles” which are important not only for posture but for overall health and well being, building strength from the inside out. You will find that you can incorporate what you learn in your Pilates classes into your daily life, becoming more conscious of how you stand and walk, how you sit at your desk or computer and how you play sports.It is integration of mind and body – intelligent exercise.
Who is it for?
Pilates is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. It can be used as a compliment to an existing fitness regime or as a kick-start to fitness. Pilates can be used as a rehabilitative tool for recovering from injury or coping with conditions such as MS, ME, back and neck conditions, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteopenia and osteoporosis. The Pilates Space classes also cater for pre and post natal.
Who was Joseph Pilates?
Joseph Pilates (1880-1967) began developing his exercise system in Germany in the early 1900’s.
He was a frail and sickly child and became determined to overcome this fragility and develop a strong healthy body. Instead of following an established fitness regime, he experimented with as many approaches as he could including Yoga, gymnastics, self-defence, dance, circus-training and weight training. Using the most effective aspects of each of these methods, he devised a system that enabled him to improve his health and develop a body that was so impressive that he was asked to pose for anatomical charts!
He moved to England, and because of his nationality was interned when war broke out. He spent the war working in the camp infirmary and further developing his techniques. He invented makeshift aids by attaching bedsprings in various positions to rehabilitate injured bedridden patients. Modern versions of this equipment can be found in Pilates studios today. When the 1918 flu epidemic struck England , killing thousands of people, not a single one of his trainees died.
In the late 1920's Joseph Pilates emigrated to the United States where he opened an exercise studio that became popular with dancers, actors, gymnasts and athletes. By the 1960's his clients included famous names such as George Balanchine, The New York City Ballet and Martha Graham's Modern Dance Company. Over the years, as advances have been made regarding the workings of the body and exercise, the Pilates method has been adapted and developed into a safe effective form of exercise that can be practiced by almost everyone.