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What is Pilates?

What is Pilates?

Developed by Joseph Pilates at the beginning of the 20th Century, Pilates is a movement technique which strengthens the whole body. It has proven to be as popular with athletes and dancers as it is with the average person on the street.

The reason for this is simple: – Pilates is a workout with a difference. In addition to muscle toning stretching and relaxation Pilates develops core abdominal strength through body control, so whatever activity you undertake your body is supported and your spine protected.

Pilates stretches and strengthens all major muscle groups in a logical sequence without neglecting the smaller weaker ones.  Muscles are isolated so effectively, Pilates both exposes the problem AND provides the remedy.

The Pilates Method has been designed very carefully offering many options which can be tailored to the individual; customized for any BODY, any AGE, any ABILITY. Having proven itself for more than 80 years as an effective and safe method of exercise it is now NHS approved and recommended as beneficial to alleviating long-term back pain.

The result of practise is a balanced, aligned body that looks fit, feels revitalised and moves with ease.

Pilates Provides:

  • Increased Strength
  • Flattened and toned abdominals
  • A good fitness level
  • Improved muscle definition
  • Reduced Stress
  • Improved Breathing

Pilates Improves:

  • Posture
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Body awareness
  • Flexibility
  • Mobility
  • Concentration


See Pilates in Action

Pilates exercises are not normally set to music, but here is a chance to see a choreographed Pilates routine that Mary performed in aid of the Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre at Mount Vernon Hospital. The demanding routine contains exercises from Levels 1, 2, 3 and beyond, combined in a flowing display of core control. The effort raised over £500 to support the excellent work at the centre – a fabulous result.

Impressed? If you would like to learn how to achieve the flexibility, strength and control that Mary demonstrates, then start your journey on one of our Beginner’s Courses. You will be amazed at what you can achieve with the help of a top-class instructor.

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