Body Control Pilates is based on the work of Joseph Pilates (1880 – 1967), who created a series of exercises that built strength without adding bulk and balanced that strength with flexibility. The ‘classical’ Pilates exercises that he developed may take many years to perfect and may well be beyond the capability of the average person, so the ’classical’ exercises have been broken down so that our clients can enjoy the benefits of Pilates whilst working safely and effectively as they move towards the more intermediate and advanced exercises.
Pilates is a safe, effective form of body conditioning. It works by strengthening the core postural muscles of the body; re-balancing the body and bringing it back into correct alignment. Pilates also strengthens the deep stabilizing muscles of the trunk, making it ideal for the prevention and treatment of back problems – one of the reasons why Pilates enjoys unique support from the medical profession and is at the leading edge of sports medicine today. Pilates is not cardiovascular so we do recommend that you swim, cycle or walk regularly.
After a class my clients feel as if they have completed a good work out, but feel relaxed, stretched, toned and taller. In a perfect world I would love my clients do 2-3 hours of Pilates a week but this often is not possible in our multi tasking lives, but you can use all the Pilates techniques learnt in the classes to help you to keep poor posture at bay, whether it is walking the dog, standing or sitting for long periods, lifting something heavy or enjoying activities like sports, hobbies or gardening.
And it works! I have clients who have been with me since I qualified and you can read some of their kind words under 'Testimonials' above.