Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, after whom it was named. Pilates called his method "Contrology".
In his book Return to Life through Contrology, Joseph Pilates presents his method as the art of controlled movements, which should look and feel like a workout (not a therapy) when properly manifested. If practiced with consistency, Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance. The core, consisting of the muscles of the abdomen, low back, and hips, is often called the "powerhouse" and is thought to be the key to a person's stability. Pilates' system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginner to advanced or to any other level, and also in terms of the instructor and practitioner's specific goals and/or limitations. Intensity can be increased over time as the body adapts itself to the exercises.
Pilates classes are all about striking a balance, our fun and high energy classes combine traditional pilates exercises with resistance training to tone and strengthen the body whilst improving flexibility and posture.
With the Swiss Ball pilates focuses on building deep inner strength to support the spine and pelvis. Tight areas are gently stretched and weak ones are strengthened creating improved posture, ease of movement and an improved sense of well-being. Our classes will get you used to the correct exercise techniques at a comfortable pace.