What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of core stability training which aims to increase kinesthetic awareness of neutral spine and correct posture and increase the strength and endurance of the muscles which stabilise the trunk.
Who was Pilates?
Joseph Pilates was the man behind the development of the Pilates exercises method. He was born near Düsseldorf in 1880. He was a sickly child, suffering from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever, and he dedicated his life to becoming physically stronger. In 1912, he came to England and when the first world war broke out, he became a nurse in a prisoner of war camp, becoming renowned for his physical activity programme. Later he moved to New York with his wife Clara, where he opened his first studio. His method focussed on the needs of dancers and therefore the original exercises require considerable strength and flexibility! These exercises have been modified over the years to suit individuals who come to class
What are the benefits of Pilates?
Pilates has recently become very popular. It’s appeal lies in the concept of strengthening the core muscles. Developing strong core and postural muscles assists us when we are both static and moving, helping us perform everyday activities such as lifting and carrying, sitting effectively, and also minimises the risk of injury. These classes are not suitable for pregnant clients. I have a level 3 Qualification in teaching Pilates, and have been practicing for over 20 years.