About Pilates

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What is Pilates?

“Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.” J.H.Pilates

Pilates is an exercise programme which concentrates on correcting body alignment and posture by working from the centre outwards creating a more efficient structure. It does this by focusing on the core muscles which stabilise our body, this all takes time; Pilates is not a quick fix.. The exercises teach effective muscle balance and use without putting strain on the body. It can change the way we move, look and think about our bodies, it improves our body awareness. Pilates complements aerobic exercise such as cycling, hill walking, swimming……

 

There are 8 principles in Pilates and in order to combine these you have to give your body your full attention, making Pilates the ‘thinking exercise’.:

Concentration  Alignment  Breathing  Centring  Co-ordination
Flowing movements  Stamina  Relaxation

 

Who is it for?

The extensive range of exercises available make Pilates suitable for all ages, male/female, those recovering from injury, training for an event/performance, returning to exercise after childbirth, those who have suffered chronic back ache, wish to improve fitness, posture…

Pilates has received approval from physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, G.P.s due to its consistent success rate in rehabilitation.
The exercises are taught in a progressive way, allowing for all abilities to find a level appropriate for them.

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