In the early 1900’s Joseph Pilates developed his exercise technique combining elements of yoga, gymnastics, skiing, self defence, dance, circus training and weight training. The majority of his clients were ballet dancers, gymnasts and boxers. None of which I am!!! Fortunately in 1996 Lynne Robinson and Gordon Thomson founded Body Control Pilates, adapting ‘classical’ Pilates to create a step by step approach to safely develop a matwork programme, making it accessible to all.
Pilates targets deep postural muscles building strength from inside out, rebalancing the body bringing it into correct alignment. It fundamentally restores good movement patterns and posture by developing awareness, strength, flexibility and balance. It can help the body heal post injury and prevent injury recurring. As a result it is perfect for athletes, the elderly and everyone in-between.
‘Beginner’ level classes develop awareness and technique focusing on alignment, breathing, centring and control, then building on these basic exercises to progress to more demanding sessions for ‘mixed ability’. Here the additional focus will be on precision, stamina and flow assisted with the use of small equipment. Don’t worry though – I can adapt exercises to ensure that all abilities are catered for, so you can feel confident that you are working at your own pace and within your own range of movement.