What is Pilates?
Pilates is a physical exercise technique devised by Joseph Pilates at the beginning of the 20th Century. It promotes core strength, flexibility, focus and a sense of well being. Since the system was first developed it has evolved and has been adapted in response to new research and a better understanding of how the body functions physically and mentally.
Pilates conditions the body and the mind. Regular practice of the technique using precise, controlled movements, creates a strong, stable inner core by targetting deep postural muscles, many of which support the back.
The technique exercises all the muscle groups in the body, builds strength from the inside and restores balance and correct alignment to the body, therefore improving posture.
Regular Pilates results in a more slender shape from a more toned body, a flatter abdomen and trimmer waist. It increases body awareness creating a feeling of strength, endurance and flexibility, resulting in a sense of relaxation and wellbeing.
Pilates benefits everyone of all ages and abilities, regardless of their level of fitness. It is particularly beneficial for those who suffer with low back pain, neck and shoulder stiffness and poor posture. For those who sit hunched over a computer all day, or drive for long hours, Pilates is an ideal form of exercise to combat the effect of sitting in one position for long periods of time.
Pilates helps with concentration, breathing, centring (stabilising the centre of the body), control of movement, flow of movement and precision of movement. It acts as a perfect complement to all aspects of daily life.
Pilates is widely recommended by physiotherapists and many other health professionals. As well as being widely used by pre- natal and post-natal women it is also used by both male and female top class athletes as an important part of their training.