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What's Pilates?

Pilates was developed by German-born Joseph Pilates. He believed mental and physical health were closely connected. His method was influenced by western forms of exercise, including gymnastics, boxing and Greco-Roman wrestling. Pilates became popular in the 1920s when he opened a New York studio to teach his famous method known as 'contrology'.

Today there are many many variations of Pilates. Just as there are many many versions of Yoga available. Trainers have diversified and created wonderful styles to suit the wildly varying audiences out there in our fast paced world today.

Lots of people ask me "what's the difference between Pilates and Yoga?"

In the 21st century Yoga and Pilates practice are considered to be part of the 'mindful' and 're-balancing' fitness class category in UK public and private sector leisure centres. They are both performed with concentration and focus, on oneself.

Although considered an established and well founded style of exercise, Pilates is not as old as Yoga which has been traced back to Egyptian times!

Equalling relaxing and aside from some high intensity style Yoga (yes that is actually a thing-Ashtanga) they offer some contrast to the chaotic speediness of society which we are accustomed to.

I teach pure Pilates and I usually add a bit in other sessions for good measure

Pilates aids in the rehabilitation of many specialised conditions including: Pregnancy, Sports Injuries, Spinal Conditions and Disc Issues, Hip & Knee Replacement, MS, Parkinson's, RSI.

Balls of all sizes, bands, weights and body control

Pilates is well known for helping you correct movement patterns which may be putting stress on your back and joints. It involves synchronising your movement with your breath with a specific pattern of breathing called 'lateral breathing'. Lateral, or intercostal, breathing emphasizes lateral expansion of the ribs whilst maintaining consistent drawing inwards of the deep abdominal muscles during both inhalation and exhalation.

I run courses that help connect people to their bodies

Pilates is NOT bracing your tummy button into you and then waving your arms and legs around frantically, while you gasp for breath!  When you recruit your core muscles it is done in a very controlled and dynamic way and only relative to the challenge of the movement you are doing.

The Pilates method helps offers us a way of identifying our strengths and weaknesses, and working with these to help be aware of our posture and alignment when doing daily activities.