Pilates is a form of exercise that emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility and awareness, supporting efficient graceful movement and improved posture
Pilates works really well for all ages and abilities. It strengthens the body to support daily life, sporting activities, and to prevent back pain and discomfort through injury or poor posture.
Core strength is the foundation of Pilates exercise. The core muscles are the deep, internal muscles of the abdomen and back. When the core muscles are strong and doing their job, as they are trained to do in Pilates, they work in tandem with the more superficial muscles of the trunk to support the spine and movement.
As you develop your core strength, you develop stability throughout your entire torso. This is one of the ways Pilates helps people to overcome back pain. As the trunk is properly stabilised, pressure on the back is relieved and the body is able to move freely and efficiently.
The Pilates Method of exercise was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920′s. It was originally used as a rehabilitation programme for prisoners of war and was later found to be of great benefit to anyone seeking a higher level of fitness. The work was kept alive over the years by a small group of Joseph Pilates devoted students until just a few years ago, when exercise science caught up to the principles that Pilates had been teaching all along, and now we enjoy the rich evolution of the Pilates work that we have today.
Pilates classes are also available in our Hot Studio.