About Pilates

What Is Pilates: The History

Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by German-born Joseph Pilates. "Contrology" was Joseph Pilates' preferred name for his method and it is based on the idea of muscle control through movement. "Nothing about the Pilates Method is haphazard. The reason you need to concentrate so thoroughly is so you can be in control of every aspect of every moment." "The Pilates Method teaches you to be in control of your body and not at its mercy."

Pilates is a holistic practice seeking to improve flexibility, strength and control of the body and its various muscle groups. Unlike other forms of exercise Pilates doesn't just focus on the beginning and end points of the movement, the most benefit is to be found in completing the action.


What Is Pilates: The Benefits

  • Improved posture: through helping to counteract the negative effects of sitting
  • Increased mobility and flexibility of the whole body: through stretching and control work
  • Improved mental well being: focusing solely on the movement alongside the naturally lit environment helps to create a sense of peace
  • Clinically proven to help manage lower back pain and Osteoporosis amongst other conditions
What Is Pilates

What Is Pilates: The Different Types

It can take many forms:

  • Classes
    • Mat: the most common class form, ground based exercises
    • Reformer: utilising the specialist reformer beds created by Joseph Pilates himself
    • All equipment: including the ladder barrel, cadillac and the Pilates chair
  • Private Sessions
    • 1:1 private sessions: a session with a teacher providing a structured, yet dynamic, session developed with your goals at the centre of it
    • 1:2 private sessions: the chance for you and a friend to exercise together under the tutorage of a teacher 
  • Clinical Pilates
    • Perfect for those recovering from, or with a past history of, medical complaints who would like the reassurance of completing it under the watchful eye of a physiotherapist

We are very proud to be able to offer all of the above services at All Things Pilates