About Pilates

Breath

The breath is the foundation
upon which the Pilates method
is built on. It is the link that
connects the body and mind
and is the force behind the
exercises and movement.

Centre

Centre has two contexts. It is
the individuals centre of
gravity, which varies from
person to person as well as the
core muscles of the body.

Flow

Each exercise should be
performed gracefully, smoothly
and each movement flows onto
the next.

Concentration

Through concentration an
exercise can be performed with
a connection to the body that
allows focus to be on the
alignment and breath
coordination.

Control

Control refers to how
deliberately an exercise is
executed. The more control
there is, the better alignment
and knowledge of the body.

Precision

Precise execution helps retrain
the body to move in a better
and more aligned way.
Knowing some basic anatomy
helps to know which muscles
should be working and which
shouldn’t.

Joseph Pilates

A Brief History of Pilates

Originally called Contrology, Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s. The six principles of Pilates are a guide to how each exercise should be performed. The aim is to strengthen the postural muscles and muscles of the abdomen while ensuring quality of movement is not sacrificed and keeping repetitions to a minimum. The exercises are done on various specialised equipment with weight resistance provided by springs and your own body.

Who Was Pilates?

Joseph, born in Germany, used exercise as a way to heal his many illnesses from childhood. He believed you should be in control of your body and not your body in control of you. After immersing himself in yoga, wrestling, boxing, gymnastics and martial arts he was inspired to develop his own form of movement.

During World War I, Joseph was interned in England and this is where the concept of using springs started. Securing springs to hospital beds allowed soldiers to exercise if they were too impaired. Once released, Joseph returned to Germany, where, through an introduction from Rudolf Von Laban, he worked with the dance community. Unsatisfied with the political atmosphere, Joseph emigrated to New York and set up a studio in the New York City Ballet premises. As the dancers from the company began to attend his studio, news spread of this new exercise method quickly gaining traction with athletes, actors and those seeking rehabilitation.

The impact of Joseph Pilates on health and wellbeing has revolutionised exercise and offers an alternative to those who would like to regain strength and mastery of their own bodies.

“A body free from nervous tension and fatigue is the ideal shelterprovided by nature for housing a well balanced mind, fully capable of successfully meeting all the complex problems of modern living”

Joseph Pilates

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