So, what is Pilates?

Pilates was developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. He believed that mental and physical health were inter-related and developed this system of exercise in order to increase strength and flexibility in the mind and body. Pilates is used for many things from the rehabilitation of an injured body to the maintenance of a healthy one. We teach functional patterns of movement whilst focusing on good form and technique. These basic movements are more efficient ways to move the body, in that they don't cause wear and tear on the body's tissues and structures. A common example of this would be the 'correct way to pick up a box' in health and safety training to prevent people injuring their backs. Pilates exercises vary from strong body weight resistance (side plank, press up) to delicate pampering movements of the spine. Quite often the exercises we do require relaxation of different parts of the body, such as releasing locked up shoulders. Pilates can be done either using a mat for floor exercises or using equipment specifically designed for Pilates.

“Pilates is the complete co-ordination of mind, body and spirit"

Joseph Pilates

"Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is 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".

Joseph Pilates, 1945