What is Pilates?

What is Pilates?

“Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.” Joseph Pilates

Pilates is an exercise method based on the philosophy and teachings of Joseph Pilates. It is a unique approach to exercise that can correct muscular imbalances, increase strength and flexibility, heighten body awareness and improve the body’s posture and alignment habits.

Pilates is an extremely safe and effective form of exercise suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. The controlled movements are performed while focusing on the proper use of breath, correct spinal and pelvic alignment and a strong abdominal centre. The quality of the movement is valued over the quantity of the repetitions. The exercises are performed either on the mat or using specialised equipment (e.g. Reformer, Cadillac, Barrels, Stability Chair). This equipment uses spring resistance to support yet strengthen and challenge the body.


The Pilates Session

The core fundamentals of the Method are based upon a thorough understanding of the anatomy of the human body. At your first session the Pilates Instructor will conduct your postural assessment taking note of any misalignment within your body, injuries, your goals etc. The Pilates Instructor uses this information to individualise the exercise program for each client always with the aim of restoring a sense of balance within the body. In your subsequent classes the Instructor guides you through the session providing variety of movement, feedback and movement modifications when necessary.

It is this holistic approach that sets the Method apart from many other forms of exercise. In fact Osteopaths, Physiotherapists and General Practitioners are endorsing Pilates due to its suitability as a safe form of exercise for all populations.