What is Pilates?

Author: Lizzy Caldwell

Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasises proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance. It can be done on the mat or on specialist Pilates large equipment such as The Reformer, Cadillac, ladder Barrel & Split pedal chair.
Pilates was developed by German-born Joseph Pilates, who believed mental and physical health were closely connected. His method was influenced by western forms of exercise, including gymnastics, boxing and wrestling. Pilates emigrated to the US in the 1920s and opened a studio in New York, where he taught his method – which he called Contrology – for several decades.
Joseph Pilates originally devised more than 500 exercises for his system, of which 34 were mat exercises. Mat work may involve traditional Pilates equipment such as magic circles or hand weights, as well as resistance bands, gym balls and foam rollers. Mat and apparatus Pilates can be adapted to suit different levels of fitness and ability. Pilates can be taught on a one-to-one or group basis

A Pilates routine generally includes exercises that promote core strength and stability, muscle control and endurance, including exercises that stress proper posture and movement patterns and balanced flexibility and strength.
Regular Pilates practice has been shown to achieve a number of health benefits, including, Improved core strength and stability, Improved posture and balance, Improved flexibility, Prevention and treatment of back pain.
At North Coast Pilates & Physiotherapy all of our instructors are Chartered Physiotherapists who have trained in the APPI method of Pilates. As Physiotherapists they have expertise in managing a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. 

They have a shared passion and love for Pilates and are dedicated to providing the highest quality of instruction, helping you to meet your individual health and fitness goals.
 
Strict limits to numbers of participants in each class ensures meticulous attention to detail and specialist individual instruction, enhancing the benefits of your Pilates session.
We have a dedicated matwork and reformer Pilates studio as well as a Physiotherapy clinic.

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