Pilates targets the deep postural muscles, ‘the core’, building strength from the inside out.
Through safe and effective exercise it rebalances the body bringing it into correct alignment to achieve greater flexibility and stamina, healthily integrating mind and body.
Benefits of Pilates
Recommended by medical practitioners worldwide, the slow controlled approach to Pilates helps to achieve long term results and improves quality of life.
- Improves posture, balance and coordination
- Increases flexibility
- Creates long, lean and defined muscles
- Strengthens back and abdominal muscles
- Develops strength and stamina
- Increases bone density
- Relieves stress and tension
- Alleviates every day aches and pains
- Improves breathing and circulation
- Enhances body awareness and focus
- Aids recovery after injury and reduces risk of reoccurrence
- Safe and effective form of exercise for pre & post pregnancy
A Brief History of Pilates
Joseph Pilates was born in Germany (1880-1967). Having struggled with his health for many years he successfully set about improving the quality of his life through movement. Wanting others to feel as well as he did, he went on to help physical therapy patients by developing a series of more than 500 exercises which are now known as the Pilates method.
At the outbreak of World War I he found himself interned on the Isle of Man as an enemy alien. The health conditions in the camp were poor, so Pilates encouraged everyone in his cell block to participate in daily exercise routines to help them maintain both their physical and mental well-being. However, some of the injured soldiers were too weak to get out of bed. Determined to help them too, he took springs from the beds and attached them to the head and footboards of the iron bedframes, turning them into effective muscular resistance equipment. These mechanized beds were the original machines, the prototypes of the Cadillac and the Reformer, widely used in the Pilates method today.
During the 1920s he set up a studio in New York, which soon became the place for actors, dancers, singers and athletes alike to train. They found that his exercises worked effectively, complimenting their traditional training methods and they quickly saw great benefits from this new discipline. They not only built strength with flexibility but also created a greater mind body connection.
The success of his technique proved to be very rewarding for his students, enhancing their lives both personally and professionally.
His experience taught him that ‘modern’ life style, bad posture and ineffective breathing were major contributors to physical ailments and poor health. To address these issues he studied anatomy and researched various methods of training the body, devising a way to combine these disciplines to work intelligently with the physical form.
Doctors noticed that patients who practiced the Pilates method improved their recovery considerably. His visionary approach engaged both mind and body and led not only to more rapid recovery times but also enhanced the patients overall well being.
Joseph Pilates believed firmly in the power of positive thought - ‘a sound mind in a sound body’. It is this combination of mind body training which makes the Pilates method so effective and popular today.