About Pilates

Pilates is an exercise method, designed to elongate, strengthen and restore the body to balance. Based upon an anatomical understanding of the body’s muscular and skeletal systems, the Pilates teacher creates a comprehensive exercise programme for the client. Classes will focus on specific areas individually whilst using exercises that integrate the whole body to re-educate and restore it to optimum muscular and skeletal function.

It is this holistic approach that sets Pilates apart from many other forms of exercise. Osteopaths, physiotherapists and general practitioners recommend Pilates as one of the safest forms of exercise today. Pilates can be beneficial for just about everyone, regardless of age and fitness level.

Pilates is a very precise, intelligent mental and physical body conditioning system which has the ability to totally change the way in which we use our bodies. The eight principles of Pilates are:

Pilates addresses postural imbalances by targeting the deep abdominal muscles and the surrounding muscles, helping to support the spine. It works from the inside out, rebalancing the body to bring it back into alignment.

In a good Pilates session you should eventually learn how to isolate and work individual muscle groups without putting strain on other areas. The exercises are simple but effective and take concentration and focus.  After several weeks of starting a class you should notice that your stomach is flatter, your muscles more toned joints more mobile and you generally  feel fitter. In time your posture will improve and you will seem taller and leaner.

Pilates is suitable for everybody but is particularly beneficial for:

People suffering from back or joint pain, Osteo or Rheumatiod arthritis, pelvic floor problems, osteoporosis, parkinsons, MS, stress and many other medical conditions. It is an excellent form of exercise for pregnant women and for the postnatal woman and anyone who wants to get fit, lean and supple whithout  pounding the treadmill!