The Body Control Pilates Method is based on the work of Joseph Pilates who began to develop his method around the time of the First World War before opening a studio in New York in the 1920's. His studio soon attracted the city's 'elite' with actors, dancers and athletes finding that his exercises perfected and completed their traditional programme and catered for their individual needs - building strength without adding bulk, balancing that strength with flexibility, and achieving the perfect harmony between mind and body.
Today, Pilates is more popular than ever with people from all walks of life; from ballet dancers to rugby teams and Hollywood actresses to office workers.
What makes Pilates different?
"it is the mind itself which builds the body"
- Joseph Pilates, from Schiller
Pilates is a body-conditioning method that works in a different way to other fitness techniques. Targeting the deep postural muscles, it works by building strength from the inside out, rebalancing the body and bringing it into correct alignment. It helps to reshape your body which will become longer, leaner and more toned. It will also improve your posture, achieving the perfect balance between strength and flexibility, and is a great way to relieve unwanted stress and tension. Ideal for athletes looking to enhance their performance and to avoid the risk of injury, it is equally suitable for first time exercisers. Its slow controlled approach means that it gives longer-term results - and it is especially recommended by medical specialists for those with back problems.
Pilates offers both mental and physical training, literally teaching you to be in control of your body. By improving body awareness and focus, tension is released from the body and correct postural alignment is taught.
One is encouraged to breathe more efficiently by breathing laterally into the lower ribcage. The creation of a 'girdle' of strength' is one of the primary aims of the Method and is achieved by strengthening the core postural muscles that stabilise the torso. By correcting imbalances, sound muscle recruitment patterns are encouraged and the body is realigned. Precise, controlled, flowing movements mean that the muscle and ligament damage, sometimes associated with other fitness regimes, is avoided. Pilates, in fact, plays a key role in many injury rehabilitation programmes in dance, sport and general practice.
The core of the Method is 'awareness of your own body' and each and every exercise is built around its eight basic principles:
Who is it for?
Anyone wishing to improve their total fitness, posture and appearance.
Professional sportspersons using advanced conditioning programmes to enhance performance (tennis, rugby, football, equestrian, etc.)
Any athlete can be given an extra edge.
Performers (actors, dancers, musicians, etc.)
Chronic back pain sufferers.
Those wishing to prevent and treat osteoporosis (some exercises use light weights)
Those with stress-related illnesses, eating disorders, weight disorders
Basically, for all!
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