Strengthen your core muscles and enhance your posture with Pilates

Pilates exercises can help to improve suppleness and flexibility and is particularly beneficial to those overcoming back, knee and hip problems. Pilates can be taken up by anyone mobility, fitness and age is immaterial.

About Pilates

Pilates is a slow, controlled form of exercise designed to tap into the deeper muscle tissues in the body that help support the spine, and gently pull the stomach and pelvic floor muscles in and up.

The exercises can help to improve suppleness and flexibility and is particularly beneficial to those overcoming back, knee and hip problems. Pilates can be taken up by anyone mobility, fitness and age is immaterial.

Why Pilates?

Correct alignment, mobility and flexibility in the body can lead to a happy and healthy life.

Fitness experts and medical practitioners know this, which is why you’ll see pilates and yoga as part of regular training programmes, and why your GP may suggest pilates to aid recovery after injury, maintain better posture, and to resolve pain caused by bad posture in the working environment.

How your job & lifestyle could be affecting your health

Over-tightening and over-lengthening of muscles creates imbalance and instability to our bodies. Heavy workloads bring on high levels of stress, and a round-shouldered, closed chest position we often adopt at work restricts the depth and the width of our vital energy source – our breath.

Back pain? Cause unclear?

This is called non-specific back pain. The usual advice is to keep active. Speak to your specialist to see if they would recommend pilates for you. This discipline is recommended for chronic yet still functional back conditions to help improve & prevent further issues.

About 8 in 10 people have one or more bouts of lower back pain, in most cases it is not due to a serious disease or serious back problem.

Evidence from research trials is that you are likely to recover more quickly by getting moving again. Take Control. See how you can begin to manage your back pain with a regular Pilates session.

Exercises help to create better mobility, flexibility, stability & strength to improve postural alignment & to cultivate a balanced feel to the body once again.

Did you know?

German-born Joseph Pilates was living in England and working as a circus performer and boxer when he was placed in forced internment in England at the outbreak of World War I.

While in the internment camp, he began to develop the floor exercises that evolved into what we now know as Pilates Mat Work.

As time went by, Mr Pilates began rehabilitating detainees who were suffering from diseases and injuries.

This wellness style exercise was born of necessity, and he was inspired to utilise items that were available to him, like bed springs and beer keg rings, to create resistance exercise equipment for his patients. These were the unlikely beginnings of the equipment we use today, like the reformer, Cadillac and the magical circle.