Joseph Pilates, the creator of this acclaimed technique said, “In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in twenty you will see the difference, and in thirty you’ll have a whole new body”. Classical Pilates is an intelligent and contemporary approach to exercise using precise movements that work the whole body and refresh the mind. Pilates has the power to lengthen, strengthen and tone the body, and to improve posture and movement.
The practice attaches principles to six areas of physical and mental focus: concentration, control, centering, flow, precision and breathing. They combine to create a highly effective method of body improvement. Consequently, elite athletes, including dancers, use Pilates to complement their training and develop whole body strength and flexibility. This helps to reduce the risk of injury.
‘Powerhouse’ is the name given by Joseph Pilates to the lumbo-pelvic hip complex, past of our stabilisation system. This is the controller of all movements in the body and once a student learns how to strengthen this area, the positive benefits include a stronger back, improved alignment and posture and the agility of a cat! Performing Pilates correctly ultimately allows an individual to move with greater grace and ease. Pilates is particularly good for back, joint or shoulder injuries.
Individual tuition is often the most effective way to learn, especially if a client requires extra supervision or is using Pilates for convalescence.