PILATES What is Pilates?
Designed to give you suppleness, grace and skill that will unmistakably reflect in the way you walk, the way you play, and the way you work. - JOSEPH PILATES
Pilates is a unique mind and body exercise discipline developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. Done with correct breathing and alignment, Pilates method develops strength, balance and flexibility while improving awareness and coordination. A versatile regime suitable for all ages and fitness levels it can be gentle and nurturing for the first time exercisers and elderly or challenging and demanding for the elite movers looking to fine-tune performance.
Often recommended by the medical community, Pilates has also been especially effective in treating those common aches and pains such as back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain and other chronic pains. An excellent complete fitness regime it is also suitable for those who simply want to stay trim and fit.
Under the guidance of a certified Pilates instructor, Pilates exercises aim to create precise and controlled yet flowing and elegant movements. We begin by stabilising you through developing the deep abdominals forming a corset around your torso to create core strength. We then mobilize you through a series of movements to strengthen muscles, encouraging joint mobility and releasing tension.
Joseph Pilates initially developed mat exercises which are fun and challenging but he subsequently developed special apparatuses to get people to access his method even more. Using adjustable springs for resistance, the apparatuses are effective in isolating muscles, creating control, strengthening the body in a balanced manner.
A man 50 years ahead of his time, in the beginning of 20th century, Joseph Pilates was already seeing the effects of bad posture, lifestyle, and diet on a person's health. How this is still true 100 years later! The idea of holistic health was not new to him as he offered a universal view on health based on his three guiding principles: Whole Body Health, Whole Body Development, and Breath. By exercising correctly and with determination coupled with good breathing, Pilates helps battles the negative effects of life and in turn produce a strong body and a healthy mind. Joseph Pilates believed that in order to be happy, one has to be first of all healthy. He maintained “physical fitness as the first prerequisite for happiness” and defined physical fitness as "the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure".
He lived until the age of 87 claiming "I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They'd be happier."