In 2005 I trained with Body Control Pilates. I chose Body Control because they have an excellent history for safety. They pride themselves on taking their teachers through vigorous training methods, looking closely at anatomy and sitting an anatomy exam approved by Cambridge University along with a theory paper on Pilates. Once fully qualified, teachers, including trainers, have to continue their training throughout the year. Constantly developing and improving new skills. 

The 'classical mat' (34 exercises) designed by Joseph Pilates has been adapted by Body Control. The original exercises, performed by dancers and athletes that made up a big proportion of his client base, are often not suitable for the average person we teach today. Body Control has boken down most of the classical exercises to allow the body to adjust to a new and different movement method. With this progressive way of learning your mind has time to appreciate the changes and can communicate these changes to the body, making the benefits received more long term. With your new found strength and mobility, we then re-construct the exercises ready to teach the classical mat when your body is ready. 

UK National Standard

Until recently anyone interested in exercise could potentially become a Pilates teacher. However, in the summer of 2005, the UK became the first country to introduce a National Standard. This governs and ensures that Pilates teachers have the relevant skills and knowledge to teach matwork classes. Skills Active and the Register of Exercise Professionals endorse this Standard and are recognised by the European Heath and Fitness Association.

Body Control, the largest facilitator of Pilates in Europe, was the first association and provider of Pilates to be approved against the standard.

Who Is Pilates For?

  • Anyone who would like to improve their posture
  • For those rehabilitating from injuries
  • Pre/Post natal mothers
  • For those of us that find life too fast, and would like to relax more
  • Back sufferers
  • Joint problems or alignment problems
  • Osteoporosis
  • Athletes, dancers, swimmers, etc. who would like to prevent injury
  • No age or gender limit
  • Anyone who would like to take up or would like to continue exercising

Benefits of Pilates

  • Improves posture
  • Increases mobility and flexibility
  • Strengthens core muscles
  • Helps to re-align the body
  • Eases back and other joint pains
  • Reduces the risk of injury through sports and helps recovery from injury
  • Improves pelvic floor
  • Brings awareness to mind and body
  • Helps to reduce stress and tension
  • Increases circulation
  • Can reduce headaches where posture related
  • Improves co-ordination
  • Weight bearing
  • Relaxation