What is Pilates?
Pilates offers a comprehensive programme of exercises. They are adapted from the 34 ‘classical’ exercises developed by Joseph Pilates. However, we Pilates Instructors believe that many of these classical exercises are often not suitable for the average person and the average body.
In order for someone to work safely and effectively and to gain the full benefits of Pilates, these classical exercises should be broken down to establish good movement skills thus building the best possible foundation upon which to progress towards the classical, more advanced work. This is the essence of the Pilates Method.
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Pilates is remarkably effective - and medically-approved. It is of an holistic nature, being based upon a well-constructed philosophical foundation. Central to the Method is 'awareness of your own body' and each and every exercise is built around its eight basic principles:
Relaxation, Concentration, Co-ordination, Centring, Alignment, Breathing, Stamina and Flowing Movements
By working on the deep architectural structure of the body, 'core stability' is achieved, and then maintained, through increasingly complex movement sequences. Specific problem-areas can be targeted by an exercise, but always in relation to the rest of one's body.
Your body awareness is heightened by bringing together mind and body - Pilates literally teaches you to be in control of your body, allowing you to handle stress more effectively and achieve relaxation more easily.
The Pilates Method can work for everyone, regardless of fitness level! Exercises can be mat or machine-based, but matwork exercises have a great attraction in that they need no special equipment, and are particularly safe for those with back problems.
However, small equipment such as resistant bands, toning balls, golf balls and toning circles are often used to add variety and to provide an additional challenge to routines already mastered.
We have selected the exercises we most frequently advise our patients to do and turned them into short video clips.
What our Patients say:
I have found Pilates at Bridge to Health with Jenny to be very rewarding and testing. I have suffered with back issues for years but have seen a big improvement since I started the classes. …
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