“It is the mind itself which builds the body”
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.
Pilates offers both mental and physical training, literally teaching you to be in control of your body. By improving body awareness and focus, tension is released from the body and correct postural alignment is taught.
Core of the Method
The core of the Method is ‘awareness of your own body’ and each and every exercise is built around its eight key principles:
Relaxation; Breathing; Concentration; Flowing Movements; Alignment; Co-ordination; Centring; Stamina