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Body Control Pilates

Body Control Pilates is a body conditioning method that works in a different way to other fitness techniques. Targeting the deep postural muscles, Pilates 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.

Both perfect for athletes looking to enhance their performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is also very suitable for first time exercisers. Its slow, controlled approach means that it gives much longer term results – and it is especially recommended by medical specialists for those with back problems.

“It is the mind itself which builds the body”
Joseph Pilates, from Schiller

What makes Pilates different?

Pilates offers both mental and physical training. 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 means 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.

Pilates can be followed at home from books or videos, in 1:1 or group mat work classes (maximum 10 people usually), by working on machines in Pilates studios or through specifically designed home equipment.

Pilates is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
Based upon a well-constructed philosophical foundation, the core of the Method is ”awareness of your own body”, and each and every exercise is built around its eight key principles:

  • Relaxation
  • Breathing
  • Concentration
  • Flowing movements
  • Alignment
  • Co-ordination
  • Centring
  • Stamina

By bringing together body and mind, Pilates literally teaches you to be in control of your own body, and allows you to handle stress more effectively and achieve relaxation more easily.

The end result is a body that is both long and lean, supple and strong.

Pilates in the Press

“Pilates is a total joy … I feel taller, leaner, fitter … Pilates seems safe and effective. No wonder physiotherapists all over the country are raving about it” Family Circle magazine

“Pilates is not about how you look to others, but how you feel about yourself” Sunday Times

“Pilates is the single most effective exercise technique I have ever known” Stephanie Powers (actress)

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