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What is Pilates?

The Pilates Method [of Physical Conditioning] was developed by Joseph H Pilates through the early half of the 1900’s as a form of fitness and rehabilitation to strengthen, lengthen, and tone the entire body. Joe continued to practiced and teach his Pilates Method daily up until his death at age 83.

The movement of each exercise is precise, flowing, invigorating and challenging, and relies on the “mind-body” connection. It is this combined mental and physically challenge of Pilates that makes it so effective both as a form of fitness and as a rehabilitative therapy. As Jo wrote, Pilates “is the complete coordination of the mind, body, and spirit!” through the “mastery of your mind over the control of your body”.

Joseph Pilates and his wife, Cara

The Pilates Method and the unique apparatus, Joseph Pilates designed and patented, develop the entire body uniformly and systematically starting with the muscles of your centre, your powerhouse, the abdominals, glutes and inner thighs, the muscles we should use to initiate both stability and mobility in all the Pilates exercises (and in our day-to-day movement!). From this strong centre the exercises progress further to add challenge and range engaging all the muscles of the body more deeply; helping practitioners re-learn correct posture, realign biomechanical patterns and gain increasing strength, stamina and range of motion.

Who can do Pilates?

Everyone! No matter your age or level of physical activity, whether you are recovering from injury or have a mobility issue; wanting to improve your athleticism for a specific sport or activity, or just want to move better or move a bit more.

The beauty in the Pilates method is that there is no limitation on who can practise Pilates. The method meets your body where it is today and will progress you forward towards your goal whether that is to feel better, look better or move better.

The benefits of consistently practising of Pilates: