What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise which concentrates on strengthening the body with an large emphasis on core strength. By doing this it helps to improve general fitness and overall well-being. Pilates concentrates on posture, flexibility and balance. It's gentle approach and controlled movements means that the chance of injury is much lower than with other more strenuous forms of exercise.
Pilates focuses on the mind-body connection with each exercise performed being aware of breathing and how the body moves.
Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in Germany where he was a carpenter and gymnast. He invented an exercise program for injured dancers and soldiers while living in the UK. He believed that physical and mental health were closely connected. In the 1920's opened a Pilates studio in New York.
“It develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores
physical vitality, invigorates the mind, elevates the spirit, makes
you feel good, and gives you all confidence” Joseph Pilates 1926
Pilates is built around eight key princilples: Concentration; Stamina; Flowing Movements; Relaxation; Centering; Co-Ordination; Alignment and Breathing
Can Anyone Do Pilates?
Pilates is great conditioning for those who like to play sport and exercise at all levels as well as for those who lead a less sedentary life style. It is for everyone. Pilates can be modified to suit different levels where it can be a more challenging or gentle workout within the same class.
As beginner basic exercises are provided at first moving onto more advanced when ready. Weymouth Pilates offer a range of options for those just starting out and for those who prefer 1:1 tuition.
If you are unsure if Pilates will help you you can ring for advice or consult your GP first.
What Health Benefits Can Be Obtained from Pilates?