What is Pilates ?
What is Pilates ?
Pilates (pronounced: puh-lah-teez) is an intelligent form of exercise, developed by Joseph Pilates (see below), which emphasizes the balanced lengthened development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and body awareness in order to support efficient, graceful movement. It also improves improves your mental and physical well-being. In addition, pilates increases circulation and helps to sculpt the body and strengthen the body's "core" or "powerhouse" or belly and lower back area.
What is Pilates Classes levels
It is suitable for all ages and is ideal as an introduction to the Pilates classes.
This level focuses on learning the fundamental principles of Pilates. You will enjoy no impact exercises resulting in improvement in your sense of body Awareness and learn the preparation for many of the traditional Pilates mat exercises. These classes emphasize proper body positioning and good movement Mechanics as students practice the fundamental and beginning exercises.
In this class you start to challenge your strength, co-ordination and flexibility. It is essential that you have a fundamental understanding of Pilates. This is aimed at those who have participated in a beginnerís series and/or have had previous experience in Pilates. Participants who for health or personal Reasons may not feel ready for the level 2 class.
In this class you start to challenge your strength, co-ordination and flexibility. It is essential that you have a fundamental understanding of Pilates. A Multi-level class with modifications to enable you to work at your own pace. This is aimed at those who have participated in a beginnerís series and/or have had previous experience in Pilates.
A multi-level class with modifications to enable you to work at your own pace. This is aimed at those who have participated in a beginnerís series and/or have had previous experience in Pilates. We have decided to leave this class open to both participants who have completed beginners and those who have completed an Intermediate class and we will be teaching between 2 to 3 different levels for all exercises in the routine.
Mat and equipment sessions will move into more advanced movements. Students will build on level 2 exercises with an even greater demand for body/mind focus. These sessions will challenge and invigorate, expanding your awareness and creating a new level of conditioning and ability. This course requires students to be aware of integration and strength, while refining breath, joint release, centering and spinal alignment. We build upon our knowledge of the movement Fundamentals taught in Intermediate levels 1 & 2 and we use this knowledge and apply it to further strengthening and fluidity. You must be approved by the instructor to take this course.
The History of Pilates
Joseph Pilates was born in Germany. As a child with many physical problems his parents enrolled him at gymnastic school. He became a very skilled gymnast and when he left school he joined the circus. By now he was also teaching boxing and there are records of him instructing the police force in the United Kingdom. When the First World War broke out like all German nationals he was held in an internment camp. Here he decided that the other detainees should exercise too and so he had everyone doing this exercise programme he had developed.