Joseph Pilates based his work on these principles:
Breath | Concentration | Centring | Control | Precision | Flow
Born in Germany he was in England at the onset of the Great War (1914-1918) and was interned in Lancaster Castle and the Isle of Man where he developed his technique of physical fitness further, by teaching his fellow internees. Pilates emigrated to the USA in the early 1920s with his wife Clara, and together they developed and taught the method in their 'body-conditioning gym' in New York in 1926
This method of Pilates is derived from the original works of Joseph Pilates. These unique exercises have been devised in conjunction with physiotherapists to re-balance the body by improving posture, muscle tone, flexibility and core stability. Exercises focus on the back, shoulder, hip and knee stability and strength while still working on core function. The slow and controlled approach to the exercises can help to relieve stress and tension, improve and manage back and joint conditions, assist in injury rehabilitation and improve posture and body awareness. This unique approach is only taught by qualified physiotherapists and clinical Pilates practitioners.
Modern Pilates is recommended by Doctors, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Osteopaths.
What to expect
Modern clinical Pilates offers a system of safe, effective and specific exercises that are adapted to suit the individual. My sessions aim to prevent injuries and improve balance, mobility and stability, strengthen muscles and improve bone density. My teaching is focused on improving your ability to perform everyday movements.
Pilates is suitable for everyone whether you have a history of illness or injury or simply wish to improve your fitness. You will be encouraged to progress gradually through the different levels of exercises at your own pace. Modern Pilates is perfect for hip, pelvic or knee issues, stress, back pain, poor posture, ME, MS, osteoporosis, pre or post natal or returning to exercise after an injury.
New to Pilates
I always ask you to complete a health screening questionnaire first, and have a good chat to you about what you want to achieve and the best ways of getting there. We will discuss any conditions you would like to improve and any obstacles you may have to exercise. That way we're both sure Pilates is for you, we can get to know each other, and I can tailor a programme just for you. Everyone is different and in Pilates, one size never fits all, that is why I find it so important to offer individual attention to help you on your journey, whether you are in a group setting or a private appointment. You'll come for the health benefits - and stay for the friendly faces, confidence building and positive energy that comes with every session.