What is Pilates?
Pilates aims to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing. Pilates exercises are done on a mat or using special equipment, such as the Reformer, the Cadillac and Wunda Chair. With its system of pulleys and springs, handles and straps, the apparatus can provide either resistance or support, depending on your needs.
Who is Pilates for?
Pilates has something to offer people of all ages and levels of ability and fitness, from beginners to elite athletes. The apparatus can be used to provide support for beginners and people with certain medical conditions, as well as resistance for people looking to challenge their body. Before starting any exercise programme, it's advisable to seek advice from your GP or a health professional if you have any health concerns, such as a health condition or an injury.
From a very early age, Pilates trained as a weightlifter, bodybuilder, boxer and gymnast to build up his sickly physique and he was so successful that he was asked to model for anatomy pictures.
Pilates was then asked to come to England in the late 1930s to train the British Police force in self-defence. His time in the UK was short-lived because World War 2 had started and Pilates was sent to the Isle of Man prisoner of war encampment at Knocklow where he worked as a hospital orderly. Pilates was so distressed to see injured prisoners wasting away in their beds that he devised s system of exercises which they could do whilst lying down to increase their muscle mass by using bed springs and straps. Being a bodybuilder and weight trainer gave Pilates the unique insight into how to help the patients who did eventually recuperated.
Pilates named exercises as the ‘Method’ and further developed it when he moved to New York USA after the war ended to open his own studio. It was here that the Reformers were born (from the beds in the Isle of Man) and Pilates renamed the ‘Method’ to ‘Contrology’. He went on to help injured dancers, acrobats, gymnasts recover from injuries whilst performing.
Pilates was then brought to England by Anthony Hardeman (a student of Pilates) who opened his first studio in London in the 1970s and mat Pilates classes were born. Sadly, it was at this point that women who became more involved with Pilates as men dropped away.
Pilates died in 1985 but he was a man before his time. His ‘Method’ enables Pilates Instructors to apply the exercises in a bespoke way help people who have back, hip, shoulder and spine injuries to recover and live a pain-free life.
"Pilates streamlines the body, increases flexibility, strength and posture”
Tricialates will help you get back into alignment. Meaning you will walk taller, sit up straighter and generally feel more comfortable
More Muscle Tone
As a result of regular specific exercises you will notice changes in your body, improve your overall fitness, and change physique.
Balance and mobility
As you work on and improve your back, your spine will stay in a better alignment meaning you will have better flexibility, motion, and balance.
Relieve Stress and Tension
In a calm and peaceful environment you will feel your stress and tension melt away more session by session