The Pilates method of fitness is a series of precise movements done on specifically designated pieces of apparatus or mats to condition the whole body. The Pilates method balances the body, utilizes the mind and breath to elongate the muscles in the body also allowing and improving alignment, muscle function and control, Pilates is the Art of Contrology.
- Expert Pilates training.
- Small intimate classes.
- Assists with rehab after injury.
- Individual attention.
- Safe secure environment.
- Aerobic cardio training without the running.
- Strength training with unique new international weights programme.
- Revolutionary “Gyrotonic” combination training.
toning muscles and balancing muscular force
In the mid-twenties German-born gymnast and physical pioneer Joseph H. Pilates brought this unique method of physical and mental conditioning to the United States. Joseph Pilates arrived in New York City with very specific ideas of physical fitness and rehabilitation following physical injury. In a British Internment Camp during World War 1, Pilates facilitated a physical and mental recovery program for patients while still on their backs. The idea developed into what Pilates called “Contrology”. That name never stuck. However, the work and name of Joseph Pilates did, and seventy years later his techniques became the cornerstone of The New York Pilates Method.
Utilizing specialized apparatus, Pilates designed the method by toning muscles as well as balancing muscular force at the joint level. This stimulates circulation through facilitating muscular flexibility, joint range of motion and proper muscular-skeletal alignment. In addition, it promotes new neuro-muscular patterns, heightened body awareness and more precise co-ordination. All these things combine to help prevent future injury, reduce back pain, other joint or muscular pain, mental and physical stress altogether.
Where do you begin?
It is recommended that your first Pilates session be a private one, that is, a one-on-one session with an instructor. This class will introduce you to the apparatus, give you an idea of where your body is in terms of strengths and weaknesses and allow you to formulate personal goals. After your first private session it will be up to you and your instructor to decide if you are ready to move into a duet or a semi-private (group) session or need to take a few more private sessions.