What is Pilates?

Pilates was developed over 70 years ago by German Born, Joseph Pilates and today is one of the most popular exercise systems in the country. Pilates integrates the whole body to re-educate and restore it to optimum muscular and skeletal function. It works for a wide range of people, of all ages and is ideal for those starting or returning to exercise. It is the perfect complement to all other types of training and many athletes and dancers find their technique is greatly improved by incorporating Pilates into their training schedule.

 

Pilates develops the deep, internal muscles of the abdomen and back. When these core muscles are strong and efficient, as they are trained to be in Pilates, they work in tandem with the more superficial muscles of the trunk to support the spine and movement. As core strength develops, stability is achieved throughout the entire torso. As the trunk is properly stabilised, pressure on the back is relieved and the body is able to move freely and efficiently.

 

Based upon an anatomical understanding of the body’s muscular and skeletal systems, the Pilates instructor creates a tailored exercise programme for each client to streamline the body, as well as correct any postural faults or injuries. Exercises improve flexibility and strength and are done either on a mat or on specially designed machines that use pulleys, springs and weights. Clients soon begin to move more freely with grace and balance; holding themselves straighter and taller.

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