Pilates is a controlled and specific form of exercise that targets muscles with precision giving you a leaner, stronger, more flexible body and a calmer, more relaxed mind. It can improve posture and restore natural movement patterns. Pilates is more dynamic than yoga but less aggressive and high-impact than step or aerobics. Pilates exercises target not just our stronger muscles, but also the weaker ones too. The result is a properly balanced body, with better joint mobility, toned muscles and a good, natural posture. Pilates helps you achieve this posture by strengthening the centre of the body to support the lower back, helping you to stand straight and hold your upper body correctly. With Pilates we can isolate and strengthen specific muscles and tackle particular problems with precision.
Who is Pilates for?
Initially popular amongst only dancers, Pilates has been discovered by a wider public ranging from those who want to reduce back pain, help with specific injuries and/or medical problems to those who simply want to get fit, have flatter stomachs or just de-stress. It is suitable for men and women of any age and any level of fitness, from athletes to the over 80's.
Doctors, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors now recommend Pilates as one of the safest forms of exercise available because it places minimum stress on the joints and heart. Pilates exercises can help recovery following injury or surgery. By strengthening the body we aim to reduce the possibility of the same injuries recurring in the future. Whatever the aim, Pilates can help.