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What is Pilates?

Pilates is a system of exercises based around the following key principles:

  • Relaxation
  • Breathing
  • Concentration
  • Flowing movements
  • Alignment
  • Co-ordination
  • Centring
  • Stamina

Pilates focuses on the release of tension and the use of the correct muscles in the correct way to allow free movement, to improve posture, balance and to create a girdle of strength around the torso. In doing so the body becomes longer, leaner and more toned.

The History of Pilates

Joseph Pilates was born in 1880. He was a very sick child suffering from rickets and asthma among other conditions. Determined to overcome his sickness, in later years he took up many forms of exercise and fitness including yoga, gymnastics, dance and weight training. As he developed his own body he put together a system of exercises creating what he felt was a perfect balance of strength and flexibility.

When he married his wife Clara and went to America, he set up a studio attracting dancers, athletes and gymnasts.  An inventor, he created pieces of equipment to further challenge his clients; the reformer, Cadillac, wunda chair.  His method was then taught by apprenticeship and is now in widespread use across the world.

In ten sessions you’ll feel the difference, in twenty you’ll see the difference and in thirty sessions you will have a new body.Joseph Pilates

Why Body Control Pilates?

The Body Control Pilates association is the leading professional body for Plates teachers. All teachers work to a strict code of practice governing teaching standards and continuing professional development.

Body Control is unique in its training in that it includes a long period of supervised teaching from the most qualified teachers before teachers are considered skilled enough to teach their own clients. Pamela Neal acts as a supervising teacher for the Body Control Pilates association.

Who is Pilates for?

Pilates is suited to all ages and levels of fitness. Small teaching groups allow exercises to be tailored for individuals under supervision.