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What is pilates?

Pilates method restores the body to true balance, ease and harmony of movement, and channels flow of energy.

Pilates is a series of exercises that develops strength, balance, flexibility and inner awareness. Pilates gives you an alert feeling of mental and physical well-being. I specialize in mat Pilates.

Back problems and lack of strength in the core area are two primary reasons that people choose Pilates for a body workout. The controlled movements and breathing techniques of Pilates mat exercises is specifically designed to let you get the most benefit out of these exercises.

Who invented Pilates?

Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1880. As a child he suffered from rheumatic fever, rickets and asthma, which resulted in muscular weakness. He dedicated his life to overcoming these ailments and becoming physically stronger. He was influenced by ideas from yoga, gymnastics, Zen meditation, boxing, karate, skiing, dance, circus and weight training and chose various aspects to develop his own body. He would move and observe each part of his body. He often observed animals moving. At the age of 14 he had developed his body to such a degree that he was used as a model.

Word of Pilates remarkable conditioning system spread throughout Germany. He worked with many internees who suffered serious wartime injuries and diseases. Much of his knowledge of rehabilitation comes from this period. He fashioned apparatus from anything available but the real centre of his work comes from what he referred to as “the mat work”. None of the internees that Joseph Pilates trained in his camp during war died because of disease. First time link between health and exercise.

It was on route to America that Pilates met his future wife, Clara. They opened a gym. In almost no time the studio attracted celebrated names in dance. Pilates dedicated the strength of his life to training others in his method, developing exercises, routines and apparatus, and expressing his ideas in writing. He always considered himself the best of the validity of his method of exercise and continued to have young vibrant strength all his life.

Benefits of Pilates

1. Relaxation - One of the most important skills is to work without undue tension. By relaxing the body before each exercise and by focusing your attention on the relevant area, you will be able to adjust yourself into the correct position, and perform the movements without over tensing. There is a difference, however, between relaxing and “letting go” completely. The secret lies in the right combination of relaxation and concentration.

2. Concentration – It’s the mind itself which builds the body. A movement begins in the brain. Unconsciously, we visualize a movement and then the nervous system chooses the muscle co-ordination to carry out the task. Being able to focus the mind on what each part of the body is doing all the time is quite an achievement.

3. Co-ordination – When you begin the exercises, you will discover that your body has a mind of its own. You will gradually gain more control. Co-ordination is a skill that can be learned.

4. Alignment –If one part of the body is out of alignment the whole posture is altered. Over-dominance by one muscle in a movement means that the others work less. Muscles can also become too tight or too stretched. Either way, the system is upset and it becomes a matter of time before pain set in. Bad alignment in the body can be corrected with a conditioning program.

5. Breathing – Breathing fully gets your blood pumping and carries away waste products which are related to fatigue. For blood to do its work it has to be fully charged with oxygen. Your overall health relies on the efficiency of your breathing

6. Flowing movements- “The maintenance of uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of easily performing our many daily tasks with zest and pleasure”

7. Centering – The creation of a strong centre is the starting point of each exercise. The core (abdominal) muscles act as a support for the spine and your internal organs. Whether sitting, lying or standing we aim to improve the endurance of the core muscles.

8. Stamina – We aim to build the endurance of the core postural muscles. The postural core muscles need stamina and endurance.

Pilates classes

Pilates can be practiced in many different ways and it is best to go to a class that is best suited for your needs. If you have never practiced Pilates it's the best to start with at least 3 one on one sessions before you join a group class. 


Find out how Pilates tone and strengthen. I focus on Mat work where we use balls, foam rollers, rings, elasto bands and own body weight.

Dramatic improvement in your physical well-being strength and confidence.

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