Pilates is for everyone! Whether you are 12 or 92 years old, the Pilates method can improve the way you move and thus the way you feel! Joseph Pilates, who called his method “Controlology”, originally developed it in Germany in the 1920’s
The main difference between Pilates and other forms of exercise is balance. Balance in strength and flexibility. Obviously a Golfer or Tennis player will be dominant on one side of their body, the one holding the club or racket. They may be able to rotate further on one side of their body. A weight lifter will focus on strength, a Yogi on flexibility. Pilates is not “better” than any other form of exercise rather it compliments ALL forms of exercise. Pilates focuses on the minor muscle groups often forgotten in other types of movement. These smaller muscles are responsible for stabilizing joints and preventing injury.
As instructors we look for your body to move well on both sides. We want you to be strong yet flexible and mostly we want you to be able to move through life without pain.
Often pain brings people to explore Pilates after trying other types of pain management. Chiropractic, Physiotherapy, Massage etc. all have their place in treating acute pain, but unless you improve your movement patterns in day to day life – pain will return, injuries will keep happening.
The introductory moves of Pilates may look simple, but they take precision and control to do well. A level of concentration and focus is required to be able to marry your breath with core control and then move your body at the same time! There is a strong emphasis on technique and posture that with practice will become second nature. You will find yourself standing taller, moving more freely.
In the last few years 'Fitness Pilates' performed on Reformer machines has become trendy. Instructors of this type of Pilates often don’t have the same level of education as Diploma Accredited Instructors and Physiotherapists, nor the ability to work with clients with pain or injury. Therefore while this type of exercise is great fun, if you are in pain or want to learn Pilates correctly you should begin with Mat or Studio classes and a certified instructor.