What is pilates and how can it help you?
Pilates (pronounced pill-r-tees) is a health and fitness programme to re-align and strengthen the body. The 5 Pilates Principles are breathing, pelvic alignment and stability, ribcage placement, scapular placement and cervical placement and stability.
Why is it different from other forms of fitness disciplines?
The focus is on re-alignment of the whole body and stabilisation of the muscles that support the spine. The emphasis is on the lengthening of muscles rather than shortening. Pilates builds lean, long muscles rather than bulk mass strength, whilst also promoting good joint stability and posture.
Who is the programme designed for?
Everyone can benefit from the Pilates method because the exercises are done with precision. You should not experience any pain or discomfort, as you are able to work within your own range of movement, gradually increasing strength, plus your body awareness and knowledge.
How long will it be before I see and feel the results?
The changes are subtle to begin with as, initially, the stabilising muscles will be weak. As you progress, the posture and muscle strength benefits are profound and you start to accumulate those benefits from the first session.