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MAT BASED PILATES
Pilates was designed by Joseph Pilates, a gymnast born in Germany in 1880. What’s great about Pilates and all of the exercises is that it is designed for all ages. Pilates has grown massively in popularity among the elderly and the young both for men and women, Its great also for bringing family’s together to exercise. Pilates is great for strengthening the core and back muscles, which will help prevent and ease back pain.

THE PILATES PRINCIPLES

CONCENTRATION:
This is the art of being able to concentrate and block out all other thoughts. The aim is to be able to focus fully on each movement, with one movement flowing into the next bringing mind and body together.

BREATHING
The way we breath in Pilates is very important and a process that some people find difficult at first. Because during Pilates we engage the deep abdominals it is important to focus the breathing in the rib area. This is called Lateral Thoracic breathing.

CENTERING
In Pilates it is believed that all movement comes from a strong centre ‘core’, which we call the power house. Every exercise in Pilates is controlled by the contraction of the deep abdominal muscles made up of the Transverus Abdominis, Lumbar Multifidus, and Pelvic floor muscles. In pilates we aim to strengthen these.

RELAXATION
Its is essential to learn how to focus your mind on how your body feels as you begin to exercise. By recognising any areas of tension you can concentrate and focus on trying to release the tension. The aim is to work at learning to release any stress, relax through the body and allow it to move in a natural flowing way with ease and fluidity.

QUALITY
Correct alignment of the body is crucial while exercising, and the positioning of the body and mastering the techniques within Pilates is the key to quality execution of movements.

FLOWING MOVEMENT
All Pilates exercises should be performed in a continuous flowing way aiming to achieve slow controlled movement through the concentric and eccentric phase resulting in a balanced and functional training program.

AWARENESS
Everybody is unique and each exercise will challenge a person in a different way. We learn our own body’s strengths and weaknesses, which in turn brings body awareness, control and effective execution of the movement. Pilates is an educational exercise program.

STAMINA
As with other forms of exercise, repetition and frequency increases skill level and the activity itself strengthens the body preparing it for all the activity and adventures life brings!


COMING SOON: PILATES INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED LEVEL
Pilates: The Bridge