What is Pilates?

How does it work?

Pilates is an holistic form of exercise that in recent years has gained widespread support from the worlds of sport and medicine. It is a body-conditioning method that works in different ways 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 postural alignment.

Pilates is also the ultimate mind-body workout. Fitness of mind and body belong together, each one having the power to affect the other.
This method of stretching and strengthening in a precise and natural rhythm produces profound results for people of all ages and abilities.
With regular sessions, you gain a valuable insight into how your body works. Pilates teaches balance and control of the body which spills over into other areas of one’s life. This is one of the best ways to invest in yourself and your well-being.

The Principles of Pilates
Joseph Pilates based his work on three principles: Breath, whole-body health and whole-body commitment; with the whole-body encompassing mind, body and spirit.
It is in the honouring of the Pilates Principles that the depth of the work is achieved.
These Principles are traditionally cited as:

  • Breath
  • Concentration
  • Centring
  • Control
  • Precision
  • Flow

“Above all, learn how to breathe correctly.” – Joseph Pilates