What is Pilates?

Pilates was invented in 1920 by Joseph Pilates, who believed in a mind and body connection. Joseph aimed to improve people’s movement using controlled, precise and fluid movements originally calling the method ‘contrologogy’.

Pilates as an exercise form is low impact and focuses on the mind–body connection. By using controlled movements, the body can develop strength, flexibility and tone which is why it can be very beneficial to those with injuries. Because of the concentration and precision needed to perform the movements, it is a great way to re-connect with your body whilst providing even the fittest with a challenge.

Pilates is taught is two ways – “mat” and “equipment”. Mat Pilates is a series of exercises designed specifically to be performed on a mat. The exercises stretch and strengthen your body, primarily the muscles of the core, Pilates classes at the studio will be mat-based.

Equipment Pilates involves specialised equipment, such as “Reformers” and “Cadillacs” which have pulleys, springs, handles and straps to provide either resistance or support, depending on your needs. The studio’s Pilates equipment is used during one on one sessions.

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