German-born Joseph H Pilates (1880 – 1967) devised a series of exercises that could overcome injuries and postural problems. "The Pilates Method" is a complete and thorough programme of mental and physical conditioning with an expanding orbit of potential exercises. Many of the small therapeutic movements designed to help people recovering from injuries can be intensified to challenge seasoned athletes. It is very versatile work that speaks to all ages and all levels of fitness.
Nine principles provide the foundation for the 'Pilates Method':
- CONCENTRATION: Engaging your mind on what your body is doing
- CONTROL: Fostering mind/body co-ordination which guarantees strong movements
- CENTERING: Working from a strong core
- BREATHING: Breathing into the rib cage
- POSTURAL ALIGNMENT: Being aware of the position of your body parts in space
- FLOW: Moving slowly and gracefully
- STAMINA: Introducing the element of intensity to build endurance when you are ready
- RELAXATION: Learning to release the body and not overwork it
Exercise accessories modify basic excercises to enhance their effectivenessView Exercise
The supported arch makes you feel refreshed and energised. The abdominals are stretched, rib muscles are strengthened and opened, and internal organs are open and freeView Exercise
The shoulder bridge is intended to extend and stabilise the hips and pelvis using the hamstrings and lower glutes (buttocks) muscles.View Exercise
The Hundred excercise is practiced at the beginning of the routine for enduranceView Exercise
Breathing has an effect on many systems of the body besides just respiration. Learning breathing exercises is an easy and effective way to help your body help itself.
The relaxation pose “opens” the upper spine and releases the neck muscles. It gives one the sensation of womblike safety and comfort.View Exercise