Pilates is a conditioning system that co-ordinates mind and body. Pilates teaches you to become aware of your body alignment both statically and dynamically, and by targeting your deep postural muscles to work efficiently, it rebalances your body to restore alignment and posture, allowing you to move and feel better.
Joseph Pilates (1883–1967) devised his method adapting aspects of other disciplines including yoga, gymnastics, and dance, to establish a balance between strength and flexibility training to produce toned, lean muscles. His techniques enticed a varied clientele including boxers, gymnasts, and ballet dancers. The ‘classical’ exercises that Joseph taught are skilled and beyond the capability of the average person. Body Control Pilates® has developed a progressive approach, and whilst practising each exercise you are required to maintain focus on the Pilates Principles:
- Flowing Movement
This step-by-step Body Control Pilates® approach allows beginners to set up good foundations of efficient movement, progressing when ready, while still being challenged! Adhering to the principles also enables a Body Control Pilates® teacher to help an athlete complement their training regime, by learning good biomechanics to improve their performance.
Body Control Pilates® is regarded as the benchmark in safe and effective teaching and is medically approved. Pilates is an effective low impact form of exercise often recommended by physiotherapists and general practitioners. It is suitable for all levels of fitness and can aid those who suffer from specific conditions or are recovering from injury.