Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates in Germany. Pilates called his method Contrology (from control and Greek -λογία, -logia), because he believed his method uses the mind to control the muscles. The Pilates approach focuses on the core postural muscles which help keep the body balanced and which are essential to providing support for the spine.
In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine, and aim to strengthen the deep torso muscles.
The exercises are based around eight key principles : control, concentration, centering, breathing, precision and flowing movement. This is a holistic approach working closely with the mind-body connection promoting better posture, balance, core strength, increased lung capacity, circulation, better body awareness and correct spinal alignment.
Our classes are small, usually four – six people and this means that you get really good supervision while you follow the exercises so you know you’re getting it right; or you can try one to one sessions and see if that works better for you. Physiotherapy and Pilates work well together because the principle is the same : getting optimal function and maintaining it.