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Pilates

About Pilates


Pilates is a method of mind-body exercise developed in the early 20th Century by Joseph Pilates. Pilates has the ability to transform the way you look and feel by increasing muscular strength and flexibility, improving your posture, and improving your core and back strength.

Pilates exercises are practiced in a slow, controlled manner (nothing is forced), usually in a standing, seated or floor-based position. Sometimes equipment is used.

Pilates is suitable for all - you work at your own pace and ability level.


Benefits of Pilates

Pilates helps to retrain and strengthen muscles which have been neglected due to our hectic lifestyles such as rounded shoulders (too much computer work or driving) or weak lower backs due to slack tummy muscles or poor stance.

It's great for rehabilitation from injury or illness and used widely by physiotherapists to help to alleviate back pain.

Pilates works well alongside other fitness regimes and complements all types of sporting activity.


Quotations

"The Pilates Method of body conditioning is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit."

"True flexibility can be achieved only when all muscles are uniformally developed."

"If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young."

"We retire too early and we die too young. Our prime of life should be in the 70s and old age should not come until we are almost 100."

"Above all, learn how to breathe correctly."

"Normal muscles should function naturally in much the same manner as do the muscles of animals."

"To achieve the highest accomplishments within the scope of our capabilities in all walks of life we must constantly strive to acquire strong, healthy bodies and develop our minds to the limits of our abilities."

Joseph Pilates