Pilates Overview

What is Pilates? Joseph Pilates developed this unique method of conditioning in the 1920s.  Pilates is composed of 34 basic moves derived from Eastern and Western disciplines.  These moves were founded by a set of fundamentals and principles to create harmony between the body and mind whilst strenthening and stretching the body.  The focus is upon the core which incorporates you back, abdominals, shoulder and pelvic muscles. Through Pilates, you will be able to develop these muscles without adding bulk, increasing your flexibility and agility and at the same time toning your stomach and other muscles.

How does Pilates work? The most simple analogy is that your body has many layers like an onion, each with its own purpose.  Your skin is the outer layer protecting your body from infection.  Your next layer is that of skeletal muscle, providing movement to your limbs.  Underneath this layer you have a layer of core muscles.  These act as stabilisers to your spine, pelvis and shoulder girdle.  If these muscles are not exercised correctly they have a tendancy to become lazy and weak.

Why choose Pilates? When was the last time you thought about stabilising your spine or pelvis through the engagement of your abdominals before you moved? Never? In reality we should not have to, but due to our modern day lifestyle the human body has become less efficient.  This has lead to poor posture, untoned muscles and increased back and joint pain.

The Result Pilates  will enable you to regain control of your core muscles as you develop stability throughout your entire torso.  This is one of the ways Pilates helps people to overcome back pain.  By correctly stabilising the trunk pressure on the back is relieved and the body is able to move freely and efficiently.

The main benefits of Pilates are:

  • Strengthen core postural muscles giving good core stability
  • To correct muscle imbalances which are often the cause of pain and dysfunction
  • To improve posture and postural awareness
  • To promote suppleness and flexibility
  • To allow balanced, controlled, co-ordinated movement


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