Pilates

Pilates is a complete exercise method developed by its founder Joseph Pilates over the course of a lifetime dedicated to improving physical and mental health.

Pilates builds strength from the inside out by targeting the deep postural muscles, by correcting muscle imbalance, faulty muscle recruitment patterns and bad habits it rebalances the body and brings 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 it’s a great way to relieve unwanted stress and tension.  Perfect for athletes looking to enhance their performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is also ideal for first-time exercisers.  Its slow, controlled approach means that it gives much longer-term results.  It is especially recommended by medical specialists for those with back problems.

Pilates goes far beyond your core muscles however and not only provides a complete body workout but it encourages you to think about how you perform everyday movements.  It heightens your body awareness which in turn improves your overall agility, flexibility and strength.  It helps you ensure your body is working at its optimal level all the time.

"Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body. If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young." Joseph Pilates

How will Pilates benefit me?

General fitness

Health conditions

Overall well-being

"Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit." Joseph Pilates

When practised regularly, pilates can help you achieve your optimum personal body shape, a flatter stomach,leaner legs, a strong back, beautifully poised shoulders and neck. You will look taller and more slender, move more gracefully and feel terrific.  With the body in perfect balance and alignment, the immune system is stimulated and the level of general health very often rises becauses the internal organs can now sit and function correctly.

Wherever you learn Pilates, you should make sure that your teacher is properly qualified, since Pilates taught by someone without the right training can do you more harm than good. Yet, many exercise teachers in gyms and elsewhere now include Pilates exercises in their classes, despite themselves never having had any training at all. Our instructors at Body Reflexions have gained their qualification of Level 3 Pilates Teacher with Body Control Pilates, one of the leading pilates organisations in Europe, which is endorsed by Skills Active and the Register of Exercise Professionals and is recognised by the European Health and Fitness Association.

Pilates for Sports

Body Control Pilates exercises are part of the training regime of many professional athletes and international teams, including the gold-medal winning GB men’s rowing four.

Whether you’re a professional sportsperson or just a keen amateur, pilates can improve your technique and prevent injuries.  Targeting the deep postural muscles builds the strength from the inside out promoting a more efficient and supportive core and increases stability for the pelvis and shoulders.  It fosters the health of joints through improved mobility and support from the surrounding musculature.

If its your golf swing you want improved or your back hand, better posture and control on your horse or strengthened muscles for hiking out during sailing,  pilates has benefits for most sports.