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What is Pilates?

Immediate gains and long term health benefits.

Pilates integrates, mind, body, breath and movement in a safe and flowing workout. You will experience immediate gains and long term health benefits after each session. Practicing Pilates will not only change the way you look, but also the way you move, think and feel.

Based on postural alignment, focused breathing patterns and engagement of the deep muscles which support the core of our body, Pilates has something to offer everyone; from general wellbeing to weight loss, professional sports training to rehabilitation, pre natal to post natal.

pilates_0048_1What are the benefits?

  • A strong and supple body
  • Reduced stress
  • Increased energy
  • Enhanced concentration
  • Improved breathing and circulation
  • Greater range of movement
  • Better posture in your daily activities
  • Flatter abdominals
  • A sense of calm and wellbeing
  • A healthy back
  • Improved sports performance
  • A stronger immune system

History of Pilates

Joseph Pilates – Founder of Pilates

Born in Germany in 1880, Joseph Humbertus Pilates was a very sickly child who suffered from rickets, asthma and rheumatic fever. Determined to overcome his childhood illnesses, he set about becoming physically stronger. By the age of 14, his body was so well sculpted he was working as a model for anatomy charts.
His repertoire of physical achievements included skiing, gymnastics, diving and bodybuilding and working as a boxer, circus performer and self-defence instructor for detectives when he moved to England in 1912.

In World War I Joseph was interned in the Isle of Man because of his nationality. Working with his fellow internees to provide rehabilitation through physical training, Joseph used his own body weight and improvised making fitness equipment by removing the springs from beds and used them like a pulley system to stretch and strengthen the body.....the Pilates method was born.

In 1926, Joseph moved to New York and opened his first exercise studio with his wife Clara. By 1940 the dance community had embraced his programmes and many of New Yorks' finest dancers sought his tuition. Students went on to open their own studios and so the Pilates method spread, with each instructor adding their own signature to Joseph Pilates exercise regime, much as they still do today.

Since his death in 1967 (aged 87), the Pilates method and his 34 original movements have seen a century of world-wide growth and change. The Pilates method is practised either using specially designed equipment or with the use of your own body weight and a mat.

 

 

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