Pilates

Pilates and its benefits

  • Pilates is a whole body workout
  • Holistic approach to exercise, stimulating mind, body and soul
  • Pilates aids body awareness, mental focus, good posture and a balanced body. This can be achieved with patience and practice
  • Pilates can strengthen muscles to help support joints throughout the whole body
  • Pilates can also assist in the following:
    • Gain flexibility
    • Improve coordination
    • Aid relaxation
    • Relieve stress
  • Pilates is a safe, effective and efficient form of  exercise
  • It can be a great warm up programme should you go on to partake in more strenuous or demanding activities
  • Pilates can be beneficial to men and women regardless of age and fitness

Pilates Principles and fundamentals:

 Principles

  • Breathing
  • Concentration
  • Centering
  • Alignment of body
  • Control
  • Flow of movement
  • Relaxation
  • Stamina

Fundamentals

  • Posture
  • Neutral Spine and Pelvis
  • Stability

 Classes

  • Pilates can be taught in a group or as a 1:1 session
  • Group classes usually have approximately 12 clients per session
  • Pilates mat work classes are usually performed lying down so to not place unnecessary stress on the joints.
  • Adaptations/modifications can be made and exercises can be performed sitting on a chair/exercise ball or standing
  • Each exercises can be altered to suit the individual needs of the client
  • Classes normally last around 1 hour
  • Small equipment can be incorporated into the class programme, some you may have already heard of or used:
    • Physio bands/overballs/gym balls/magic circles/foam rollers

 Pregnancy, ante and post natal

  • Pilates is also suited to ante- and post natal women
  • Pilates assists with the following:
    • General fitness including/physical – incorporating the mothers changing body/emotional/psychological
  • Classes maybe smaller than general group sessions
  • Apparatus may also be introduced to the class format

 Safety

  • It is advisable to check with your GP before taking up Pilates as with any form of exercise
  • It is important to advise the teacher of any medical conditions prior to exercise.
  • Should you have a medical condition it would be helpful to bring with you a letter about the condition
  • If you are pregnant or have recently had a baby please let the teacher know