What is Pilates?
Pilates is way of exercising that develops your strength, flexibility and coordination.
Joseph Pilates (1883-1967) was a personal trainer who developed his own form of exercises. He was influenced from Martial Arts, gymnastics, dance and yoga. His technique combines mental and physical training, which develops deep postural muscles. The increased awareness and strength of postural muscles results in participants gaining core stability, and improved posture.
Pilates has been used to help people with back pain, osteoarthritis, scoliosis, herniated discs, and general aches from postural issues. Pilates is also beneficial to prevent injury, improve movement patterns and is widely used by dancers (eg. Darcey Bussell) and professional athletes (eg. Andy Murray). Pilates is for everyone, and is suitable for all levels of fitness.
What’s the difference between Pilates and Yoga?
Pilates has influences from yoga. They both develop strength, balance, flexibility, posture and improved breathing technique. Yoga tends to concentrate on movement patterns combined with a more spiritual element of finding peace and relaxation. However, Pilates focuses on precise movements which target specific areas of the body. In Pilates the emphasis is on core stability, and teaching good movements and posture which can be integrated into daily life.