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Original & Modified Pilates

Pilates is based around 34 original exercises developed by Joseph Pilates nearly a hundred years ago. The exercises were designed to improve strength, stability, endurance, flexibility and postural awareness, whilst working the central core.

It involves eight fundamental principles:

RELAXATION  

CONCENTRATION 

ALIGNMENT 

BREATHING 

STABILITY or CENTERING 

CO-ORDINATION 

FLOWING MOVEMENTS 

STAMINA

Relaxation

The benefits of Pilates, therefore, are amazing.

You will learn how to recognise and release areas of unwanted tension,

which cause pain and joint immobility.

1. - Reduced incidence of spinal pain
2. - Improved flexibility
3. - Greater strength and muscle tone
4. - Improved posture
5. - Greater joint mobility
6. - Lowered stress levels

Overall, a body which works as nature intended!

Concentration
Joseph Pilates (the founder of Pilates) stated that 'It is the mind itself which builds the body'. Pilates is a mental and physical conditioning program which aims to train both mind and body.

Alignment
You will develop ways to improve your posture by using the deep postural muscles correctly.


Breathing
You will learn how to breathe appropriately to encourage the correct muscle engagement. This is very important in Pilates.


Stability or 'Centering'
The exercises will help you create a 'corset of strength' around your spine. This is vital to protect your back against the stresses and strains of day to day life (i.e. lifting and bending). Anyone who suffers from lower back pain will have weaker spinal muscles, and unless they are specifically strengthened we will be more susceptible to back injuries in the future.


Co-ordination
Once we have established the basics, we add co-ordinated movement with the arms and legs. By using repetitive movements and increasing the load and resistance, Pilates will help you change the way you move and start to use all of the correct muscles.
 

Flowing Movements
Pilates exercises are generally slow, precise and always flowing in movement. It is so much harder to do an exercise slowly and with control than to rush through it and use the wrong muscles.


Stamina
Once all of the above challenges are met, Pilates will then aim to build endurance in our key muscles. As you get more proficient at the exercises and your muscles start to work the way nature intended, you will discover that your overall stamina will improve drastically. You will no longer be wasting energy by holding onto unnecessary tension or moving inefficiently.

​The benefits of Pilates, therefore, are amazing!

You will learn how to recognise and release areas of unwanted tension, which cause pain and joint immobility.

1. - Reduced incidence of spinal pain
2. - Improved flexibility
3. - Greater strength and muscle tone
4. - Improved posture
5. - Greater joint mobility
6. - Lowered stress levels

Overall, a body which works as nature intended!

How can it benefit me?