In each class we will move through a warm up with balance and posture alignment then move onto the mat for the main phase to work every area of the body, progressing through levels so you can work at a resistance that suits you and your fitness level. We finish with stretches and guided relaxation to unwind the body and mind.
Expect to feel stronger, taller and more relaxed after an hour session of ‘you time’.
Pilates 1-1 sessions available
The importance of balance
In every class class I incorporate balance into our workout. Balance training is extremely important to include in your workout because it is an activity of daily living that you use all the time. When you are walking you are balancing. When you are getting in and out the car, you are balancing. There are many things we do without even thinking that involve some sort of balancing component. Including proper balance training in your workout will help teach your brain and body how to work together and convert those patterns over to what we do on a daily basis. Think of it this way…you get what you train for; proper balance training can reduce the chance of falling and increase the ability to move correctly while limiting the chance of injury.
A brief history…
Joseph Pilates was born 1880. He was a very sick child. So sick his parents were told he would likely die prematurely. As a teenager Joseph Pilates was determined to return his body to the peak physical condition he believed was attainable. He studied yoga, martial arts, boxing and weightlifting. During the war he worked as a nurse in the intermarry of a hospital. It was here that he helped those injured in the war to recover from their injuries. He created exercises using resistance to improve the muscular strength, endurance and flexibility of his patients.
After the war he moved to America and opened a studio around the corner from the New York ballet school. Dancers flocked to him for advice on conditioning exercises and techniques to overcome their dancing related injuries.
Joseph Pilates believed that his work was 50 years ahead of its time and could see that the modern lifestyle, poor posture and inefficient patterns of breathing were all factors that impaired people’s health.
Pilates believed his method was just the right balance between physical intervention and mental training. To develop the complete coordination of mind, body and spirit to promote suppleness, muscular power, endurance and posture. The conscious element of the movement, and, focus on the relaxation of inactive muscles. Helping to alleviate unnecessary tensions in the body.
Pilates chose not to patent his program. His legacy has been kept alive by his students and apprentices.
These students went on to teach and apply the Pilates method in their own schools and in their own way, and thus the program evolved.
In summery the Pilates philosophy states that control of the mind is necessary for control of the body and that any exercise that is performed without careful control and attention to both would only be performing half an exercise.
In the Pilates method, the emphasis is therefore on quality of movement rather than quantity or load, to ensure the right muscles are used at the right time.
The principles of Pilates.
‘Through Pilates, you first purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then through proper repetition of its exercise, you gradually and progressively acquire that natural rhythm and coordination’
In each class you will work through a series of exercises paying attention to the Pilates principles.
Each exercise is let by its own pattern of breath to ensure optimum engagement of the stabilising muscles.
All Pilates exercises have a mental and cognitive element to them. Knowing exactly where your body is positioned and focusing on how it needs to move. Participants are encouraged to
feel the movement. Not just do it. The degree of control required. Ensuring that the right muscles is used at the right time.
Control is truly the heart of the Pilates way.
In Pilates each exercise begins with concentrating the movement from the core and then allowing it to flow outwards.
Just like dancing, all Pilates exercises are performed with great attention to detail.
All Pilates exercise should be performed smoothly with fluidity and grace. Each exercise executed slowly and with control. Movements should flow out from a strong core.
Pilates brings equilibrium to the body, too much flexibility renders the tissues unstable, while too little flexibility causes movement to become restricted and forced. This equilibrium between flexibility and stability (strength) must be achieved in order to achieve postural health.
Posture and awareness is the heart of every Pilates class.
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