Regardless of age, ability or fitness level, Pilates is beneficial for everyone.
Pilates is a holistic exercise system designed to elongate, strengthen and restore the body to balance; so much more than just building a ‘strong core’ or ‘perfect posture’.
Exercises involve the whole body and are performed on spring-assisted apparatus or a mat, sometimes utilising small equipment.
Pilates is effective as it addresses underlying structural imbalances in the body which can create on-going pain and difficulty with movement. The whole body is considered. Lengthened and strengthened muscles improve posture and overall fitness and retrain dysfunctional movement patterns, restoring optimum physical function.
Regular practitioners of Pilates feel a heightened sense of awareness and ease in their bodies, experiencing less pain and increased mobility. This freedom ultimately leads to increased satisfaction in life!
It is this holistic approach that sets Pilates apart from many other forms of exercise. Osteopaths, Physiotherapists and General Practitioners recommend Pilates as one of the most effective forms of exercise today.
Pilates can be taught in a specialised Pilates studio or in an open area with mats and small equipment. Both Studio Apparatus and Matwork can be taught privately or in small groups, most classes last between 60-90 minutes.
It is important to find a teacher that you enjoy working with and a class that you can attend regularly (in terms of time, location, life demands and cost). This will help to make Pilates an integral part of your life, rather than just another exercise class added to your routine.