What is Pilates?

Joseph Pilates demonstrates Pilates posePilates (pronounced Pil-lah-teez) is about control, centering, concentration, breath, flow and Precision.

In 1912 German born, Joseph H. Pilates was interned on the Isle of man during WW1 with other German nationals. This is where he began to practice his exercise method to help rehabilitate the sick and injured.

He developed the Pilates Method in the 1920’s to cater for those who required improved muscle balance, flexibility, co-ordination and recovery from injuries. Joseph and Clara (his wife) moved to New York, where they setup their Pilates Studio in 1926. Many people frequented the studio, including dancers, gymnasts, circus performers and the elite of society. Although it was the dance community that embraced his exercise method so openly, understanding the impact that it had on their bodies.

The Pilates Method is not just exercise, it is a total mind and body experience. Joseph Pilates believed that your mind controls your muscles and directs your body through precise movements and functions. That is what the Pilates Method achieves. It is a series of controlled movements that engage the mind and body.

Pilates is a non-impact form of exercise system that focuses on:

  • Breath and spine awareness
  • Developing core strength by using the deep abdominal muscles creating a strong and stable spine.
  • Increasing flexibility
  • Improving postural alignment by strengthening and balancing the muscles of the body
  • Co-ordination
  • Strengthen weak muscles and elongate bulky muscles

Pilates is excellent for:

  • General fitness and wellbeing
  • Assisting in injury prevention and injury rehabilitation
  • Developing longer leaner strong muscles without building bulk
  • Dancers and athletes
  • Returning to exercise after pregnancy or injury
  • The elderly

The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning is gaining the mastery of
your mind over the complete control over your body. – Joseph H. Pilates