We often go about our day to day lives without realising the unnecessary pressures we are putting on our physical structure: not allowing ourselves to breath deeply, slouching at our desks, or using poor form when moving heavy objects. As we increase our body awareness through regular Pilates practice, we increase our ability to correct and prevent unnecessary strains on our body. We also start
to strengthen the deep stabilisers (our ‘core’ if you will) and discover more mobility; then our body starts to align itself into better posture.
This results in less pressure on our joints and gives us that wonderful feeling of freedom of movement without pain. It also makes the movements we do more powerful and efficient; for you that may translate into a better golf swing, faster cycling speeds, or simply being able to catch yourself before you fall. And, although perhaps this is a bit superficial, regular Pilates practice makes us look even more toned, tall, slim, and confident.
As Joseph Pilates said “in 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see the difference, and in 30 you will live the difference.”
Pilates was pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates (1880-1967) - a German expatriate who first made his mark in England during WW1 by developing a series of exercises and innovative equipment to
help prisoners of war regain strength and mobility.
When Joseph Pilates immigrated to New York, the local professional dance community discovered his conditioning technique (which he called ‘Contrology’) helped prevent injury and improve strength while
maintaining long, even muscle tone.
We now continue to honour Joseph Pilates’ key principles of centring, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow whilst incorporating modern physiology. Pilates can be summed up as a mind-body exercise system designed to optimize physical fitness in people at every level of physical ability.