What is Pilates?
Pilates was originally called Contrology and was designed by Joseph Pilates back in the 1940’s as an evolution of his original thinking around exercise during the after the Second World War. The original 34 exercises were performed in a set sequence and it is these original sequences that all modern Pilates is based. There are now many adaptations of Pilates’ original thinking including the reformer, yogalates, Piloxing and so many more, but the fundamentals and principles remain very true to their origins.
Pilates in the way I teach it is fairly close to classical Pilates in that the 34 original mat based exercises are at the very heart of it. The principles of breath, control, concentration, centring, precision and flow are themes I come back to in all my classes as the basics around which the practice of Pilates gravitate. I teach the fundamentals of core engagement and alignment that I believe are critical to get right in the time we work together, accepting that we all have funny little things going on in our bodies that mean none of us will ever achieve perfection. What is important however, is finding what is perfect for us, at that time, in that moment, so that we can safely and successfully support our bodies to work at their most optimal.
How Can Pilates Help Me?
Pilates is a wonderful system that helps a multitude of issues as well as supporting those of us lucky enough to have well functioning bodies!
By working on the deep postural muscles as well as the active mobilisation muscles, Pilates helps balance our physical body so that it can work with less strain which eases the aches and pains of modern living.
Whether you are dealing with mild scoliosis, lordosis, kyphosis, flat back, twisted pelvis or muscular disfunction, Pilates, over time and with commitment, can and will ease your discomfort.
I have seen many clients of my own and those of my teachers achieve so much more with regular practise of Pilates.