What Is Pilates?

Pilates is a safe, effective form of body conditioning. It works by strengthening the core postural muscles of the body; re-balancing the body and bringing it back into correct alignment.  The result is a stronger, longer and leaner body.  All exercises are done in a slow, controlled manner, achieving much longer-term results.  


Pilates strengthens the deep stabilising muscles of the trunk, making it ideal for the prevention and treatment of back problems – one of the reasons why Pilates enjoys unique support from the medical profession and is at the leading edge of sports medicine today. No matter what you do during the day, for example: working at a computer, D.I.Y around the house, ironing or picking up the kids, all of these activities can be enhanced by bringing Pilates into your life. This means not just working out in an hour’s class once a week, but learning and understanding the basic principles of Pilates techniques, helping you every day to strengthen while at the same time ease some of those aches and pains caused by weakness or over-use of muscles outside of your session times.  


Pilates is great for the young and old, from the fit to the not so fit and men and women alike. Pilates is named after its creator, Joseph H. Pilates.  He formulated exercises during the First World War before opening a studio in New York in the 1920’s.  He attracted clients such as dancers and athletes who found that his exercises complemented their own specific training. Joseph Pilates gave them individual treatment which built up their strength without building bulk, balancing that strength with flexibility and achieving the perfect harmony between mind and body.