Pilates is a method of body conditioning which coordinates the mind
and the body through movement. More a way of life than an exercise
regimen, Joseph Pilates termed this type of work ‘contrology’ in
the 1920’s. Pilates principles of movement include
alignment, concentration, centring, fluidity and precision.
The philosophy of the Pilates method is to help people attain a
uniformly developed body fully capable of performing all of our varied
tasks easily and painlessly. Visualization and breath to techniques
are also used to help strengthen the neuromuscular connection that
helps us use and recruit the correct muscles when needed and to create
an awareness of the postural and dynamic muscles that provide the
necessary support and strength for our activities.
A consistent application of the Pilates principles in our exercise
programs facilitates the development of a well-aligned and conditioned
body, a strong abdominal core and a
supportive back. The awareness and healthy use of the stabilizing
muscles of the neck, shoulders, ribcage and pelvic girdle is continually
nurtured in our Pilates classes. By
practicing Pilates 3 to 5 times a week, both men and women can achieve
a level of
conscious fitness that they have never before realized.
- Improvements in posture and body alignment.
- Increases core strength, tones and flattens abdominal muscles.
- Builds strength, efficiency and stamina of muscles.
- Helps you develop a functionally supportive back.
- Accelerates recovery time from childbirth, strains or injuries.
- Provides relief for back, neck, and shoulder pain and teaches
you how to avoid
creating more tension.
- Reduces stress and increases the quality of your sleep.
- Increases joint range of motion and joint stability.
- Expands your fitness ability, proprioception, balance and flexibility.
- Advances your performance in other sports.
- Enhances lung capacity and breathing techniques.
- Progressively develops body awareness, coordination and neuromuscular