What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise that emphasizes quality of movement, alignment, stability and attention to what the body is doing and optimal movement patterns to achieve pain-free, strong and long musculature.
It was developed by Joseph Pilates during World War I to assist in the rehabilitation of causalities. Joseph himself was a gymnast, diver and bodybuilder, martial artist, boxer and circus performer.
Joseph set up the first official Pilates Studio in New York City after immigrating to the United States in 1926.
Joseph and his wife Clara soon established a devoted following in the local dance and performing-arts community of New York. Well- known dancers became devotees and regularly sent their students to the pilates for training and rehabilitation.
He called his method “The Art if Contrology” of muscle control, to highlight his unique approach of using the mind to master the muscles.
Joseph Pilates wrote several books, including Return to Life through Contrology and Your Health.
Pilates is an unparalleled whole body conditioning program. Most studios are comprehensively equipped with all the traditional and modern Pilates Equipment.
The movements of Pilates matwork need no accouterments and can be performed anywhere.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
Pilates is a mind-body exercise that focuses on strength, core stability, flexibility, muscle control, posture and breathing.
Pilates elongates and strengthens, improve muscle elasticity and joint mobility.
A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured.
Pilates exercises train several muscle groups at once in a smooth, continuous movement. By developing proper technique, you can actually re-train your body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion – invaluable for injury recovery, sports performance, good posture and optimal health.
How often should I do Pilates?
We recommend undertaking Pilates in some way, shape or form around 3-4 times a week. This may include some home practice.
We can assist you with a home exercise program to undertake at home for the best benefits and we have therabands, exercise balls etc available for purchase if you wish to purchase these.