Pilates has proven itself for more than 80 years as an effective and safe method of exercise when taught and applied correctly.
Joseph Pilates developed Pilates as a result of teaching fitness and exercise techniques while being interned in Germany during the war. His aim was complete co-ordination of body, mind and spirit.
Today Pilates is practiced by people of all ages and abilities from dancers and athletes to the general public. It is a highly effective low impact way to stretch, strengthen and streamline the body and is often referred to as 'intelligent exercise'.
It focuses on core stability and can help to restore the natural curves of the spine, relieve tension and enhance self-confidence.
The Benefits of Pilates include:
- Improved balance, co-ordination, circulation, strength and flexibility
- Development of core strength, stability and improved posture
- Relief of aches and pains and help with back pain
Pilates complements other therapies e.g. massage, physiotherapy etc. It is a low impact safe form of exercise which improves sports performance, helps prevent injuries, relieves stress and tension by helping body-mind balance and improves body awareness, mental focus and resilience.