What is Pilates?
Practiced regularly, Pilates can help you acquire balance, better range of movement, tone and core strength. Pilates was developed in the mid 20th century by Joseph Pilates, a German immigrant who lived in the UK and USA. Since that time it has developed a reputation as the thinking persons exercise practice. Focusing on what you are doing while you are doing it is essential. Feeling calm and centered as well as strong, flexible and energized is often the result of engaging both body and mind during a workout. A Pilates studio offers a more serene and focused environment than most gyms. Sessions offer the opportunity for mat work and/or equipment work.
Pilates Equipment Work opens up the possibility for many more varieties of movement and exercises. Resistance is added by the use of springs on the highest quality CE registered equipment. This can be linked to the Pilates Mat Work or taught separately.
Pilates Mat Work involves building your own programme from a repertoire of around 50 easy to learn exercises performed with your body and a mat. Once learned these can be practiced anywhere. Adding small portable props such as small weights, rollers and therabands increases this repertoire.
Will it be right for me:
Our programs are tailored to the needs of each person and are very adaptable. Regular clients include:
- Pre/post natal Mums either restoring their fitness after childbirth or keeping moving during pregnancy in a safe and gentle way.
- Retirees who want to maintain an active lifestyle find Pilates is a manageable yet challenging way to develop or maintain a healthy body.
- Those who have had long breaks of inactivity or want to rehabilitate from injuries. Pilates is an approach recommended by doctors and physiotherapists.
- Busy professionals looking to maximize their exercise time and impact. Reconnecting with your natural vitality whilst coping with the stresses of modern city living can be pivotal when getting back into exercise again.
- Sports professionals and enthusiasts looking to improve their performance and enjoyment of their sport.
- Couples who want to optimise their time together and enjoy working on their bodies in an individualised way in shared sessions.
- Those who haven’t easily engaged in mainstream fitness activity and gyms. Pilates offers another route into fitness, health and wellbeing.