Pilates is an exercise based therapy which is designed to strengthen, elongate and restore the body’s muscular Skelton system into balance.
The origins of pilates stem from early part of 1900 from its inventor ‘Joseph Pilates’ who as a child had been very frail but developed a technique of physical fitness using experiences from classical Roman to body building to martial arts.
He developed his own approach to exercise and body conditioning which gained popularity as athletes found it the best way to recover from injuries and prevent recurrence.
Over the years it has been developed and from the 1970’s on has become increasingly popular with the public.
It is a gentle, non-aerobic exercise method designed to strengthen weak muscles, lengthen tight muscles and improve general posture. The aim is for a properly balanced body which results in improved joint mobility, firm musculature and a good natural posture. It is a very specific form of exercise which is safe and controlled as well as low impact and works on the principle of ‘gain with no pain’.
Anyone can benefit from Pilates as it is a very gentle form of exercise. Although if attending for a specific ailment or injury it is best to inform the teacher prior to starting the class.
Pilates is a complete exercise method developed by its founder Joseph Pilates over the course of a lifetime dedicated to improving physical and mental health. Pilates focuses on building your body’s core strength and improving your posture through a series of low repetition low impact stretching and conditioning exercises.
By core strength, we are talking about your back, abdominal and pelvic muscles. Through pilates, you will be able to develop these muscles without adding bulk, increasing your flexibility and agility and at the same time toning your stomach and thigh muscles.
Pilates goes far beyond your core muscles however and not only provides a complete body workout (you will be working muscles you didn’t even know you had!), but also helps you develop an awareness of how your body works, helping your mind and body to work in harmony.
Pilates is based on eight principles:
The best way to get started with pilates is to join a class at The Physio Group and learn the basics from a qualified pilates teacher. For more details, please call 02830269733.