We often go about our day to day lives without realising the disservice we are doing to our physical structure: not allowing ourselves to breath properly, slouching at our desks, or not giving our body a chance to get regular physical activity. As we increase activity level, strength, control, and flexibility through regular Pilates practice, we increase our ability to function better in our daily lives and with less pain.
Our goal is to achieve that wonderful feeling of freedom of movement without pain. We also make habitual physical movement 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.