What is Pilates?

Pilates evolved from techniques created by Joseph H Pilates more than 70 years ago.Pilates classes

Pilates is a non aerobic form of body conditioning exercises that can dramatically improve your strength, flexibility, coordination and posture. There are 34 original Pilates movements and many more variations and adaption's for all levels of fitness that focus on strengthening weak areas whilst lengthening tight areas of the body. Controlled, smooth flowing exercises that train both the mind and the body, improving muscle imbalances, body awareness and good postural alignment. Deep lateral breathing is encouraged, helping circulation, energy levels and general well being.

Pilates exercises focus mainly on our abdominal muscles as Joseph Pilates believed our abdominals or "abs" function as the "powerhouse" or centre for the whole body and that strong abs are the key to your body working as unit and will help strengthen all your other muscles groups.

All Pilates movements are non impact, slow and controlled, building strength in the body without putting any stress on the joints or the heart.

"Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit" Joseph Pilates

Principles of Pilates

 

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