The Pilates method works on the body's all over strength and flexibility to allow you to regain balance in movement. It is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.
You will find everyone comes to Pilates Centre with different intentions - health, fitness, weight loss, pain relief, rehabilitation, better sport performance, better posture. By learning how to use your body in a balanced way, the benefits are endless! Best of all, you'll learn lots about your body and posture that you can integrate into your daily life for better health.
Pilates is a full body workout. In your first session expect to wake up every muscle in your body by doing movements that will integrate the body as a whole (don't worry, it's very doable!). We want to help you to achieve uniform development of your body so that your joints are unstrained and your muscles are balanced. If you continue to regularly practice Pilates you will feel the benefits in your entire body. Exercises are done with length through the body to encourage the development of muscles that are balanced and strong, helping to support your body more efficiently.
Joseph Pilates, from a very young age, dedicated his life to becoming physically stronger. He became proficient at various sports and fitness systems. Body building, diving, skiing, gymnastics, yoga, self-defence, dance and circus training all influenced him, and he chose aspects of each to develop his own body. He eventually worked out a system with the perfect balance of strength and flexibility.
In 1912 he moved to England. During World War 1 he was interned in camps and used his time there to refine his ideas, combining various techniques from his previous training. He trained other internees in his exercise system, including bedridden patients, and encouraged them to exercise against resistance. During this time thousands of people died when an influenza epidemic broke out in England but Joseph said that not one of his trainees died. He testifies that this is due to the effectiveness of his exercise techniques.
When the war ended, Joseph continued to practice his fitness programmes, eventually arriving in New York where he set up an exercise studio. He built up a reputation for helping injured clients which would lead to a lot of professional dancers, performers and athletes being advised to go work with him. There's a misunderstanding that his method was created for dancers and athletes but it's actually that they were just drawn to the method for its benefits and therefore it got popular amongst those disciplines first. As word spread the Pilates technique has become increasingly popular amongst the general public and it is praised by medical professionals for its rehabilitative qualities.
'I used to suffer from back, shoulder and neck pain on and off as a result of a minor car accident, and the muscles never really recovered. However, since I started doing Pilates, I noticed my back, shoulder and neck muscles are so much stronger than before. I could really feel a difference after 5 or 6 classes. It’s been fantastic.'
'When I first started at Pilates Centre, I was constantly aware of my back pain due to a disc injury. Within no time of taking a couple of classes a week, I started to forget that I had a back problem at all! It's just great.'
'I started Pilates as an addition to my running training. It had taken me 9 months of running to shave 20 seconds off my 5k run time. It took 5 Pilates classes at Pilates Centre to shave off an additional 20 seconds!'
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