What is Pilates?
Pilates is a powerful holistic exercise programme which creates an intelligent awareness of the body leading to improved posture, increased flexibility and strength.
It’s a great all round, body conditioning method of exercise which uses the mind as well as the body and can put you back in the driving seat of your own wellbeing.
Pilates works over time to rebalance your body improving your everyday quality of life and helping you look and feel your best.
“After many years of lower back problems, pilates classes have helped me enormously. I’ve been going to Pilates Corps classes regularly and now my back is stronger and healthier than ever before. The class also helps me to switch off from the world outside for an hour and I sleep like a baby afterwards. The exercises relax as well as strengthen my body and I now feel more confident and able as a result.”
Who is it for?
Everyone! It’s good for young and old alike (Pilates Corps clients range from 15 to 80), for the fit as well as the unfit, for those who have had injuries or who have sedentary lifestyles.
It’s perfect for athletes looking to enhance their performance and avoid the risk of injury but also suitable for first time exercisers. Pilates’ approach is slow and controlled giving great, long-term results and is frequently used by people with back problems.
“The best thing about Pilates Corps classes is that they are enjoyable. Since I started Pilates there has been a welcome improvement in my long term neck and back pain problems and I have stopped tripping and falling. You are sure of a warm welcome and Nicky, the teacher, checks on all our aches and pains before the class starts and attends to all of us equally – and I feel safe.”
Jill Steele (retired nurse)
How does it work core muscles?
Classes start by warming up the joints, relaxing and focussing the mind before moving on to stabilising the core against the weight of the limbs working from the deep muscles of the trunk. Spinal flexibility, challenges to mental and physical coordination and to abdominal control are practiced. The class finishes with a warm down including stretches and a focus on alignment. Props such as balls and bands are used and clear instruction and adjustments are given throughout the class.
Through regular practice of Pilates you will become more body-aware and will begin to bring its principles of core control, alignment and coordination into your everyday life.
How long will it take to be effective?
It will take some commitment to your body and health to work on some fundamental skills before moving on to greater challenges. Expect to feel mentally stimulated, refreshed in body and mind rather than pumped up from a workout at the gym.
Everyone develops at their own rate, working within their own capability in a non competitive environment.
“In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see the difference and in 30 you will have a whole new body.”