What is Pilates?
Joseph Pilates (1883-1967)
Joe Pilates was born in Germany, he moved to England in 1912, where he earnt a living as a professional boxer, a circus-performer, and a self-defense trainer at police schools and Scotland Yard. He began refining and teaching his minimal equipment system of mat exercises that later became "Contrology" having studied yoga and the movements of animals.
He emigrated to the United States around 1925, where he met his future wife Clara. The couple founded a studio in New York City and directly taught and supervised their students well into the 1960s. "Contrology", related to encouraging the use of the mind to control muscles, focusing attention on core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and provide support for the spine. Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and of alignment of the spine, and strengthen the deep abdominal muscles.
Who is it for?
Everyone. It's non-impact exercise, so especially helpful when working with injury and pre-and post op. Having said that, the advanced series of exercises are extremely challenging. Offering a HIT style workout for strength and conditioning.
Pilates helps to promote greater understanding of how you move. The majority of muscular injuries are caused by muscle imbalances, one muscle group being too weak the other being too dominant. Pilates can teach you to be aware of your posture, and how you move.
During the sessions you will hopefully gain more understanding of how to change old habits and increase and encourage positive movement patterns.
“The Pilates Method” is a system of exercises either mat-based or on special apparatus designed to improve your physical strength, flexibility and posture, connecting your mind with your body during the process.
The studio equipment uses a system of pulleys and springs to achieve a full body workout, which is versatile to all.
My area of interest is women who are working through the menopause, back pain, injury or chronic health.