About Pilates

What is Pilates?

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:

  • Concentration
  • Relaxation
  • Alignment
  • Breathing
  • Centring
  • Co-ordination
  • Flowing Movement
  • Stamina

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.

The Benefits of Pilates

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.”

Joseph Pilates

Regular practice of Pilates has multiple benefits; however, it is truly effective when the mind and body connection is realised. Only once you are aware of how you move; can you allow change to happen!

By attending Trowbridge Pilates classes, you will learn functional movement patterns that you can take away from class and incorporate into everyday life, allowing you to reap the benefits away from class too. These include:

  • Improved alignment and posture
  • Improved muscle strength and tone
  • Improved flexibility
  • Balanced muscle length (easing muscle tension)
  • Improved focus and concentration
  • Stress relief
  • Promotes joint health
  • Pelvic floor awareness (strength and release)
  • Injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Improved balance and co-ordination
  • Improved breathing and circulation
  • Easing of aches and pains
  • Improves sports performance
  • Aids the body to prepare and recover from pregnancy.
  • Works the intrinsic muscles often forgotten about in other exercise regimes

Discover Reformer Pilates

Private Classes Coming Soon

Add a different dimension to your Pilates practice with the universal pilates reformed – a versatile piece of studio equipment.

Pilates for Mums-to-be and New Mums

As a qualified pre- and postnatal Pilates teacher, Emma is in the privileged position that she can help a mother-to-be prepare her body for pregnancy.

Discover the Franklin Method®

Learn techniques such as imagery, and touch that awakens your sensory organs, combined with specific exercises to teach your spine to move with ease.