What is Pilates?
Pilates helps you understand your body. It’s not just exercise, it’s a comprehension, for a healthy body. Pilates focuses on good movement and posture; mobilising the joints and using the body more efficiently. We develop and strengthen the intrinsic muscles which support the spine and all joint movement. This helps to reduce general aches and pains and conserves energy. After practising Pilates, you will become much more body aware and feel a difference in your posture, physical ability and stamina. Ideally Pilates is undertaken in conjunction with a good diet, sleep and cardiovascular activities to improve health and well-being. However, in cases of ill health or reduced mobility Pilates can be a good starting point where other more strenuous exercise is not advisable.
The Body Control Pilates method taught at Pilates Sessions is directly derived from Joseph Pilates Contrology method, Body Control have broken down the classic exercises so that people of all abilities can enjoy Pilates and develop at their own pace.
Inspired by a desire to overcome childhood illness, Joseph Pilates studied many activities such as gymnastics, body building, boxing, yoga, dance, skiing and circus training, he selected the best features from each to influence his Contrology method (early 20th Century).
Pilates was interned by Britain during WW1 (he was a German citizen), it was here that he really honed his method and developed the Pilates apparatus, the design of which has changed little today, using the bed frames and springs around him.
‘Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit’
‘ …designed to give you suppleness, natural grace and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play and in the way you work.’
[Reference: Return to Life through Contrology (Joseph Pilates and William Miller – 1945 and 2003)]