What is Pilates?

The dictionary defines it as: a system of exercises designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness.

This form of exercise was developed in the 1920s by its German namesake, Joseph Pilates. Originally, it was used as a rehabilitation program for prisoners of war who needed a safe and effective way to regain the fitness and mobility they lost during their captivity.

Joseph Pilates believed that our physical and mental health are intertwined. He designed his exercise program around principles that support this philosophy, including concentration, precision, control, breathing, and flowing movements.

As such, the benefits of Pilates are holistic:

  • Enhances mobility, flexibility and agility
  • Develops co-ordination and body awareness
  • Improves natural posture and spinal alignment
  • Tones and elongates muscles without adding bulk
  • Builds core stability for abdominal & back strength
  • Improves circulation and breathing
  • Alleviates pain and tension
  • Relieves stress and boosts energy

And these benefits can be enjoyed by anyone:

Athletes, dancers, children, seniors, women rebounding from pregnancy, and people who are at various stages of physical rehabilitation.

Please see our list of classes and our contact details if you are interested.