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What is Pilates?

Pilates is an exercise system named after its creator, Joseph Pilates. He was a man truly ahead of his time, coming to believe that the ‘modern’ lifestyle, bad posture and inefficient breathing lay at the roots of poor health.

His method of Controlology (as he called it) used the mind to control muscles, in particular the core postural muscles that keep the body balanced and support the spine. Pilates believed that concentration and precision were needed to develop the body in a balanced way. Different from many exercise methods, the Pilates method encourages only a few repetitions of each exercise, keeping the focus on control and using the body efficiently using only the muscles that are necessary. By using the breath as a tool for movement the muscles are stimulated into greater activity and a natural rhythm and sense of ease is created.

 

My teaching heritage - a direct line back to Pilates himself

Joseph Pilates left a system of exercises and invented machines that are still used today.  He passed these ideas onto a group of people called the 'elders' who include Eve Gentry, Carola Trier, Romana Kyrzanowska, Mary Bowen, Lolita San Miguel, Ron Fletcher and Kathy Grant.  The elders took the ideas of Pilates around the world and had their own interpretations of the work of Pilates.  As a result, different styles of Pilates have evolved.  My teacher, Alan Herdman, learnt directly from Carola Trier so the style of Pilates I teach comes from that direct lineage back to Pilates himself.

As medical knowledge of movement and biomechanics has improved the original system has continued to evolve globally into a method that is still as relevant today as it was when it was first created.