Pilates Explained

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a method of exercise designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body, toning the body by lengthening and firming all the muscles, therefore assisting the body to achieve its best possible shape.

If practiced regularly Pilates yields numerous benefits: increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing, strength and flexibility - particularly of the deep “core muscles” of the abdomen and back, and coordination both muscular and mental.

Posture, balance, and core strength are all dramatically improved changing the body's alignment and increasing flexibility and ease of movement. Pilates teaches balance and control of the body, and that capacity often spills over into other areas of your life.

Where does Pilates come from?

Pilates takes its name from Joseph Pilates, a German-born émigré to Britain and then America, who devised it in the early 1900s. Long popular among dancers, gymnasts and professional actors, Pilates has now been discovered by a wider public - from those who want a stronger back or flatter stomach to those with specific injuries or medical problems that Pilates can help; or else, simply for those who want to get fit or de-stress.

Indeed, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and doctors now recommend Pilates as one of the safest and most effective forms of exercise available.

Is Pilates for me?

The results you see from Pilates won’t just remain in the studio. You will learn to incorporate what you learn in your Pilates sessions into your daily life – how you stand and walk, how you sit at the computer or drive a car, as well as more physical activities such as horse riding, playing golf, skiing, tennis, running, cycling, hiking, dancing or swimming.

Pilates is for everyone interested in improving the way they look, feel and move - from those whose work demands too much sitting; to those who sit too little. Pilates brings benefits to those who have never exercised before as well as to those who always have and always will.

"...[Pilates] develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit." - Joseph Pilates