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What is Pilates?

Pilates is a low-impact exercise programme designed to enhance
posture, strength, flexibility, balance and stability for anyone of any age and fitness level.

Pilates is a system of over 500 controlled exercises that engage the mind and condition the total body. It is a balanced blend of strength and flexibility training that improves posture, reduces stress and creates long, lean muscles without bulking up. Pilates works several muscle groups simultaneously through smooth, continuous motion, with a particular concentration on strengthening and stabilizing the core (the abdomen, back and pelvic girdle region, sometimes referred to as the“powerhouse”).

The focus is on quality of movement rather than quantity, which makes one feel invigorated rather than exhausted after a session. Pilates takes a balanced approach so that no muscle group is overworked and the body works as an efficient, holistic system in sport and daily activity.

Pilates exercises can be performed on a mat or on specialised
equipment.

"Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body. If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young."

Joseph Pilates

Benefits of Pilates

  • Improves balance, co-ordination, circulation, strength & flexibility
  • Increases core strength and stability
  • Re-balances muscles around the joints
  • Improves performance in sports (golf, skiing, dance etc)
  • Helps prevent injuries
  • Complements massage, physiotherapy, chiropractic and other therapies
  • No-impact exercise, easy on the joints
  • Helps relieve aches and pains
  • Improves posture
       


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