What is Pilates?
The Body Control Pilates ® Method is based on the work of Joseph Pilates who began to develop his Method around the time of the First World War before opening a studio in New York in the 1920’s. His studio soon attracted the city’s ‘elite’ with actors, dancers and athletes finding that his exercises perfected and completed their traditional programme and catered for their individual needs – building strength without adding bulk, balancing that strength with flexibility, and achieving the perfect harmony between mind and body.
I highly recommend buying Lynne Robinson's 'Official Body Control Pilates Manual' if you are interested in practising Pilates. This is certainly not compulsory but you can source an inexpensive copy on line.
What makes Pilates different?
Pilates is a body-conditioning method that works in a different way to other fitness techniques. Targeting the deep postural muscles, it works by building strength from the inside out, rebalancing the body and bringing it into correct alignment. It helps to reshape your body which will become longer, leaner and more toned. It will also improve your posture, achieving the perfect balance between strength and flexibility, and is a great way to relieve unwanted stress and tension. Ideal for athletes looking to enhance their performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is equally suitable for first time exercisers. Its slow, controlled approach means that it gives longer-term results – and it is especially recommended by medical specialists for those with back problems.
Why Body Control Pilates?
The Body Control Pilates ® Association was set up in 1996 with the goal of bringing the benefits of Pilates to all. Its founders, Lynne Robinson and Gordon Thomson, have been at the forefront of the boom in awareness of, and participation in, the Pilates Method. Body control Pilates ® continues to enjoy an excellent reputation with regard to the effectiveness and the quality of its teaching.
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