What is Pilates?
“Pilates” is a way of exercising that was developed by Joseph Pilates, who died in New York in 1967 at the age of 87. He believed that mental health and physical health were essential to one another. His goal was help people train to develop their body to their most healthy potential and called it “Contrology”.
It is a method of total body conditioning that emphasizes proper alignment, centring, concentration, control, precision, breathing, and flowing movement (The Pilates Principles) and results in increased flexibility, strength, muscle tone, body awareness, energy/stamina, and improved mental concentration and relaxation.
During a class each person can work at his/her own level. The exercises always include easier options and keep presenting new challenges, no matter what level you are on. The exercises are hard – even if they look simple – but doable. It is about the journey the participants embark on, getting to know their body and how to move it in the most effective way.
If you are late for a class, please come anyway. You will benefit more from a part class that from not showing up at all. Just come in and warm-up. We will always warm up the same way, so after a couple of classes you will know what to do. Once you are warmed up, you can pick up from what the rest of the class is doing.
During a class, learners will receive a lot of information/ pointers to be implemented during the exercises. Trying to implement them all (straight away) is impossible and frustrating. Just try to do what you can and over time you will notice that you start to implement more and more. The tutor will walk around/ monitor you during the sessions to make sure that even if you do not perform the exercises perfectly (this will take years!), you are doing them safe. Pilates is a journey.
One of the goals of Pilates is that you learn to listen to your body. If it tells you that what you are doing does not feel right, please ask the tutor for further directions or if applicable an alternative.
If you are not sure, before you embark on an exercise programme, it is always a good to discuss it with your GP or doctor to get his/her advice. If you are currently treated by a Physiotherapist (or other physical therapist), please make sure the Pilates exercises are not counterproductive to what you and your therapist are trying to achieve.