Pilates has been described as ‘the art of stretch, strength and control’.
Pilates is a unique exercise system that focuses on stretching and strengthening the entire body in order to improve balance, flexibility, muscle strength and posture.
Pilates strengthens all the muscle groups, but particularly the deep “core muscles” which are so important to both our posture and our overall health and well-being.
Pilates takes its name from Joseph Pilates, a German-born emigré to Britain and then America, who devised it in the early 1900s. Long popular among dancers, gymnasts and professional athletes, Pilates has now been discovered by a wider public – from those who want a stronger back or flatter stomach to those with specific injuries or medical problems that Pilates can help; or else, simply those who want to get fit or de-stress.
It is now recognised by many physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and doctors as being one of the safest and most effective forms of exercise around.
The results you see from Pilates won’t just remain in the studio. You will learn to incorporate what you learn in your Pilates sessions into your daily lives – how you stand and walk, how you sit at the computer or drive a car, as well as more physical activities such as football, skiing, tennis, running, cycling, dancing or swimming.
Pilates is for anyone interested in improving the way they look, feel and move. Our clients range in age and vary from those whose work demands too much sitting; to those who sit too little. We work with medical professionals, busy mums, stressed out executives with bad backs, people with acute injuries and chronic pain and expectant mothers. Pilates brings benefits to those who have never exercised before as well as to those who already have an active lifestyle.