Joseph Pilates devised the Pilates method in the early 20th C. It is an exercise or movement designed to stretch, strengthen and balance the body.
The method follows his fundamental principals of concentration, control, centering, flow or efficiency of movement, precision and breathing. The exercises or movements train the body for an improvement of core-control, ease of spinal movement and flexibility, ease of breath in co-ordination with the movement, shoulder organization and correct limb alignment.
The Pilates method Alliance states that
“Practiced faithfully Pilates yields numerous benefits, healthy breathing, strength and flexibility, posture, balance and core strength, bone density and joint health improves and many experience positive body awareness for the first time”
Research has shown that connective tissue is impressively adaptable and that over time it changes in response to specific training. With each passing year half the collagen fibrils are replaced in a healthy body. (El-Labban et al 1993)
Studio and Matwork classes
Matwork is taught in larger group classes usually in local leisure centers. Small equipment is often added to create variation. The exercises progress by challenging strength and co-ordination. Each class follows the pilates principals. I like to add in information about anatomy and current research together with a little humour.
Studio Pilates adds the dimension of increasing potential for greater movement, supported and guided by cleverly designed Pilates machines.
What is so special about working on machines?
- Are fun and dynamic
- Add resistance
- Guide movement
- Allow for thousands of variations
- Create security for the body
- Challenge and support
- Makes Pilates inclusive for all
- Are used to re-educate movement
- Are used to re-habilitate following injury.
Studio sessions are on a one-to-one basis or in very small groups (once a basic training had been done).