What is Pilates?

Joseph H. Pilates developed the discipline of contrology in the 1920s to help prisoners of war remain strong during their internment.  The equipment he invented and the exercises developed were designed to help stretch, strengthen and align the body for optimal health. Fast forward 90 years and the exercise system still focuses on integrating the mind and body to regain balance and control.

 

Pilates is built on six principles: centring, control, flow, breath, precision and concentration. Then, as now, a Pilates class consists of exercises that flow into each other at a measured and controlled pace. The exercises progress from small to larger movements generally ending with an exercise that challenges the whole body.  Throughout the class, clients are encouraged to maintain an awareness of the alignment of their body in space.

 

With countless exercises and their variations, Pilates can be adapted to suit every body.

 “You will feel better in ten sessions, look better in twenty sessions, and have a completely new body in thirty sessions.” - Joseph Pilates

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