What is Pilates?
Pilates is a body-conditioning method that works in a different way to other fitness techniques. Targeting the deep postural (core) muscles, it works by building strength from the inside out, rebalancing the body and bringing it into correct alignment. It helps to reshape your body, which will become longer, leaner and more toned. It will also improve your posture, achieving the perfect balance between strength and flexibility and is a great way to relieve unwanted stress and tension.
Ideal for athletes looking to enhance their performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is equally suitable for first time exercisers. Precise, controlled movements mean that the muscle and ligament damage sometimes associated with other fitness regimes, is avoided. Pilates in fact plays a key role in many injury rehabilitation programmes in dance, sport and general practice. Its slow, controlled approach means that it gives long-term results and it is especially recommended by medical specialists.
The Body Control Pilates Method is based on the work of Joseph Pilates who began to develop his method around the time of the First World War before opening a studio in New York in the 1920’s. His studio soon attracted the City’s ‘elite’ with actors, dancers, boxers and athletes finding that his exercises perfected and completed their traditional programme and catered for their individual needs – building strength without adding bulk, balancing that strength with flexibility and achieving the perfect harmony between mind and body.
Make sure you look for the 'Body Control Pilates Certified Teacher' sign when choosing your Pilates class