What is Pilates?
Pilates was developed by Joseph Hubertus Pilates (1883-1967), who as sickly child had turned to various exercise regimes going on to develop his own system of exercises. He carried on refining his ideas and designing equipment based on hospital beds and springs while interned in England during WWI. Moving to the USA after WWI and setting up a studio in New York with his wife Clara where he worked with many New York ballet dancers.
Pilates (or Contrology as Joseph called it) is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility, muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasizes proper alignment, balances muscular forces and increases flexibility and range of motion.
There is more to Pilates than just the matwork groups many people associate with it. In a studio environment there are many pieces of equipment that can be used to both assist or offer resistance for the maximum benefit.
"Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong posture, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit."
Joseph H. Pilates
The small, personal studio is equipped with a reformer, tower, and wunda chair.
These pieces of equipment were invented by Joesph and use springs to assist or resist movement (depending on the exercise), thereby getting the best out of the session.
The focus is on efficient movement and optimum alignment to improve your movement and quality of life.
Pilates is probably best recognised as a matwork series of exercises. However not everyone wants to be in a group class.
Bringing the smaller pieces of equipment to your home you can enjoy the benefits of a Pilates session custom made to you and your needs.
Private Zoom, Skype or FaceTime appointments also available (POA)