Our Pilates classes are designed to create greater core strength, stabilistaion and postural balance by focusing on controlled movement patterns. Our classes cater for everyone, from beginners to advanced. It includes a mix of performing exercises using your own body weight, or with the help of various pieces of equipment, as well as incorporating various stretches. Each exercise is taught to be performed with attention to proper breathing techniques and abdominal muscle control.
Pilates uses correct alignment, centering, concentration, control, precision, breathing, and flowing movement (the Pilates principles) to establish a perfect working body from the inside out. Classes build strength, flexibility and lean muscle tone with an emphasis on lengthening the body and aligning the spine, rather than on bulking and shortening the muscles. Pilates has a focus on the core which can basically be thought of as the ‘powerhouse’ of your body. Because of its core focus, Pilates is popular not only in the field of fitness, but also in rehabilitation. The focus on strengthening the core and improving postural awareness are especially well indicated for the alleviation and prevention of back, neck and joint pain.
Although Pilates is a low-impact form of exercise, certain people should seek medical advice before embarking on a new program, including:
– people who have recently had surgery
– pregnant women
– people aged 40 years or more
– people with a pre-existing medical condition such as heart disease
– people with pre-existing musculoskeletal injuries or disorders
– anyone who has not exercised for a long time
– people who are very overweight or obese.