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What is Pilates?


Pilates is a comprehensive movement method that aims to generate alignment within the body by placing equal emphasis on strength, flexibility, alignment, breath and control, in order to create balance between body, mind and spirit.

As it embraces as series of principles that can be explored and applied in all sorts of situations, Pilates is suitable for everyone. Its' holistic approach means that it can be particularly beneficial for those with injuries/on-going conditions, pregnancy and post natal, but also as a support system for all forms of movement, sport, exercise and general wellbeing. 


In my sessions I aim to create a space in which everyone feels welcome, regardless of experience and ability; a space where everyone is encouraged to work at a pace that suits them in that particular moment. 


The Benefits

Stronger muscles and joints

Increased flexibility

Reduced back/neck/joint pain

Improved digestion

Increased energy

Toned body

Improved posture

Calmer, more focussed state of mind

Improved sense of balance and coordination





















The History of Pilates


The Pilates Method was conceived by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900's, with Pilates himself referring to it as 'Contrology'. 


Born in Germany, Pilates was a sickly child troubled with rheumatic problems and suffering from both asthma and rickets. Determined to overcome his ill health, he began to study anatomy, practicing wrestling, yoga and boxing, amongst many other forms of movement. Later, Pilates moved to England, earning his living as a boxer, circus performer and self-defence trainer of Scotland Yard detectives.


The outbreak of World War I saw Pilates interned, along with other German nationals. It was during this period that the method evolved. Throughout his internment he continued to study the movement of the body and, working alongside injured and often bed-ridden soldiers, encouraged all to participate in his series of exercises that would enable them to maintain their physical and mental well-being. For those who could not get out of bed Pilates adapted his technique, creating resistance-based equipment by taking the springs from the beds and attaching them to the headboards and metal frames, to ensure that everyone benefited as much as possible, regardless of their ailments. 


In 1918 an influenza epidemic struck, killing 1000's. However, it is said that none of the patients under Pilates' supervision succumbed to the illness, and he was widely credited for the effectiveness of his holistic approach to well-being.


In 1926 Pilates emigrated to America and it was on the ship to New York that he met his future wife, Clara. Together they went on to open the first Body Contrology Studio on Eighth Avenue, Manhatten. Due to the studio's location, Pilates' original clients were mostly dancers and performers who, although being physically fit and flexible, were often injuring themselves. This led them to Contrology which enabled them to maintain their fitness and flexibility, whilst training their body so as to avoid further injuries.


Over time the name 'Contrology' was replaced with 'Pilates' and, when Joseph passed away, a number of his students took all they had learned with them on their travels, bringing the teachings to a wider clientele base. As a result the moves have been developed and adapted, allowing everyone to benefit from this life-changing method.

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