What is Pilates?

"In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 sessions you will see the difference, in 30 sessions you will have a new body" - Joseph H. Pilates

The Pilates method is a controlled way of using and moving the body as a whole - a mental and physical conditioning designed to strengthen, mobilise and flex without putting undue stress on joints. Working from a strong centre you can regain/maintain freedom of movement throughout the body. The objectives are to connect body with mind, to restore postural alignment, increase toning without bulking and enhance longer leaner muscles.

As we progress through life and experience the stresses that it can bring we can lose the ability to move well. Pilates encourages good sound movement patterns and helps to address the way we misuse, overuse and abuse our bodies. Most of us can learn how to re-balance our bodies through Pilates exercises, but like all things that are great you need a commitment to appreciate long term change.

"If at the age of 30 or so you are still out of shape, you are old. If at the age of 60 you are supple and strong, then you are young" - Joseph H. Pilates

The Eight Principles of Pilates

  • Relaxation
  • Concentration
  • Alignment
  • Breathing
  • Centring
  • Co-ordination
  • Flowing movement
  • Stamina

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