What can pilates do for me, then?

Pilates is a form of exercise that targets the deep postural muscles, building strength from the inside out, rebalancing the body and bringing it into correct alignment. It helps to reshape your body, which will become leaner and more toned. It will also improve your posture, achieving a balance between strength and flexibility and it is a great way to relieve unwanted stress and tension. We all have muscles that become overworked and tense, whilst others are underworked and become weak. Pilates will help you restore correct muscle balance, which in turn will help you to achieve a relaxed body and improved mobility.

The eight principles of the Body Control Pilates Method

Concentration: Pilates requires you to concentrate on your own body and how it moves. As your body awareness improves you will notice the positive results.

Relaxation: During each exercise we focus on releasing areas of tension in the body. Whilst focusing on the task your mind will also relax.

Alignment: You will be encouraged to be aware of your posture and to improve your skeletal alignment. Good alignment is vital for your wellbeing, functional movement and effective muscle use.

Breathing: Synchronising your breathing to movement is key to mastering pilates. Effective use of breathing facilitates movement, aids stability and can help you to relax, focus and recharge.

Centring (Core Stability): Core stability is the ability to maintain control of the position of your spine, pelvis, shoulders and head to provide you with a safe and stable (although not necessarily still) base for support from which all your movement is initiated.

Co-ordination: To begin with we focus on establishing simple and functional movement patterns. As your skills develop, movement sequences are introduced that gradually require more co-ordination.

Flowing Movements: A focus on controlled, yet dynamic movement is at the core of each movement. A Pilates exercise should never be executed with force or strain.

Stamina: Pilates will build your endurance by ensuring that your body is used effectively. As you become more proficient your muscles will work more efficiently and you will begin to reduce the amount of energy you waste when holding on to unnecessary tension.