History of Pilates

pilates01Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1880 and, through his early life, suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. His drive and determination to overcome these ailments led him to become a competent gymnast, diver and skier.

Evolution of the Pilates method – It was only after his death that his work became known as Pilates or the Pilates method. The Pilates method has gradually evolved and integrated current biomechanical thinking. However, the roots of the technique are steeped in the philosophy + movement patterns designed by Joseph Pilates over 70 years ago.

What is Pilates? – A refreshing mind-body workout by emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement, you become acutely in tune with your body. You actually learn how to control its movement.

In Pilates the quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Proper breathing is essential, and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency. Last but not least, learning to breathe properly can reduce stress.

If you’re a runner, footballer, swimmer or just like playing sports, Pilates helps improve muscles flexibility and joint mobility so you’re pilates02less likely to be injured. As for lower-back pain that affects so many, Pilates exercises can work wonders because lower-back pain is often caused by weak stomach muscles and bad posture.

Speaking of which, Pilates is also the ideal solution for poor postural habits such as too much computer usage, slouching, rounded shoulders and general sofa slumping. In fact, by focusing on stretching, lengthening and opening tight muscle groups, you’ll feel an improvement in your posture almost by the end of your first class. Now that’s what you call results.

Pilates – Wenvoe Community Centre Every Thursday 6:15pm – 7:15pm

(Please bring your own mat)

Contact Lynda on 07964378251