The Pilates method is a unique, holistic approach to exercise which embraces the principles and fundamentals depicted by Joseph H Pilates. German born Pilates, initially began to devise the method for the rehabilitation of hospital patients whilst interned on the Isle of Man during the war. In the early 1920’s he moved to New York and began to expand his discoveries whilst working alongside leading dance practitioners Martha Graham and George Balanchine, thus the technique was formerly associated with and practised by dance professionals.
Today, however, the technique is widely recognised as a methodology suited to people from all walks of life. Pilates is a method currently recommended by osteopaths, physiotherapists, surgeons and other health practitioners. The main goal is to develop body awareness and correct postural alignment rooting the feet to the earth and lengthening the spine. This is done via the utilisation of specifically devised exercises.
The focus is on achieving core strength in order to promote an equal use of all of the many muscle groups. Thus, Pilates helps to increase and create a balance between strength and flexibility whilst achieving core stability. Regular classes in the method help to improve posture, co-ordination and can release stress and help to promote general well being.
The method is beneficial to many people and is not only a tool for general fitness but also suited to injury prevention, remedial and rehabilitation work, ante and post natal exercise, specific post operative and conditions such as Osteoporosis, ankylosing spondylitis and for technical improvement of dancers, athletes and actors.