Pilates is an exercise method of body conditioning, and was developed over 90 years ago by Joseph Pilates, His aim was to develop a then modern system of exercise to strengthen and tone muscles, improve posture, flexibility, and balance to unite the body and mind.
Joseph Pilates was influenced by a variety of disciplines including Yoga, Marshal arts, and the dance world, and wanted to bring us an exercise method that could be incorporated into our daily life, to help improve life on many levels.
His method continued to develop over the course of his life time and continues to develop today through many Pilates schools and many styles.
Today Pilates is taught on Josephs main principles but with an up to date knowledge of the physical body, but we still maintain his essence his original work, his main principles are Concentration, Control, Centering, Flow of movement, Precision, Breath.
Yes, Pilates is a mat based exercise,each exercises is taught at many different levels from Beginners through to Advanced.
Each person will work at a level that is best for them, there is no pressure to move through to a higher level until you feel ready to do so.
Many people are refereed to pilates through there Doctor or Physiotherapist for rehabilitation, if you suffer from any medical conditions it is always important to get your Doctors go ahead before to coming to a class.
Pilates is amazing, most people find time for one/two session a week, but if you had the time there is no reason why you couldn’t practice every day.
Pilates is a whole body experience, and concentrates on the individuals needs, you work at your own pace, gradually finding new strength, flexibility, co-ordination and balance, and the enjoyment that this brings to your body and mind, as well as a sense of overall well-being.
In Pilates there is a certain amount of forward bends, twisting and laying down. If you have not fully digested your last meal, it will make itself known to you in ways that are not comfortable. If eating in advance does not fit into your life style, then try eating something light, about 30 minutes to an hour before a class.