About Pilates - The history

Pilates is a method of exercise created and developed by Joseph Pilates (1880 – 1967). He took what he considered to be the best of various exercise regimes from around the world blending Yoga, Tai Chi and Chinese Gymnastics with more conventional Western exercise. The focus of the method is to connect mind and body in order to optimise overall health and well being.

The Pilates Method consists of a series of focused exercises with precise breathing patterns that develop strength in the core muscles whilst strengthening, stretching and streamlining the whole body.

Originally favoured by the New York dancers and performing artists, the Pilates Method has evolved and now enjoys growing popularity with all types of people of all ages, occupations and fitness levels. The method can be used for general body conditioning, to help rehabilitate after injury or as a tool to improve performance in sportsmen and athletes.

 

Pilates is very popular with established professionals in Golf, Cricket, Tennis amongst other sports.

 

Proven Benefits include:

• Strengthen core muscles

• Support the body, in particular the lower back
• Improved posture
• Improved alignment
• Increased flexibility
• Improved balance and coordination
• Increased muscle tone without ‘bulk’
• Release of tense overworked muscles
• Reduced stress and fatigue
• Overall feeling of well-being

 

and of course it helps to promote the desired ‘flat stomach’ that has made the technique so popular amongst celebrities.