Joseph Pilates is a name that is now known to many but until sports science caught up with his teachings only a few devotees of his technique knew him.
Now practiced by many and fundamental to dancers and physiotherapists alike Pilates is synonymous with a graceful, lean and sinuous physique.
While essentially simple Pilates is exceptional for creating long, well-defined and toned muscles, developing core strength, and achieving stability and alignment. Core strength is central to the practice of Pilates with each exercise beginning with engaging the abdominals and pelvic floor, the deep, internal muscles that support the spine and allow fluid, controlled movement. As core strength is developed stability through the entire torso is achieved. This is fundamental to the successful reduction of back-pain and treatment of injuries for which Pilates is renown.
Focused around 6 principles; Centering, Control, Flow, Breath, Precision, and Concentration, the emphasis of each movement is quality above quantity. The aim is to achieve one precise and perfect movement, fluid and graceful.
While there are now many ‘schools’ of Pilates the majority follow the central tenants of the original Pilates method, whether offering mat work or tiling the reformer or other equipment and props.
“Pilates is a complete coordination of mind, body & spirit.”
Joseph Hubertus Pilates
Whether for injury, back-pain, improving posture or the desire to move more gracefully, Pilates will manifest an awareness of self and how the body works that will permeate your daily life.