Pilates targets your deep postural muscles, building strength from the inside out, rebalancing your body and bringing it into correct alignment. It helps reshape your body, achieving the perfect balance between strength and flexibility.
Pilates is low-impact and trains several muscle groups at the same time. By developing proper technique, you can retrain your body to move more safely and efficiently, while improving posture and nurturing a feeling of general well-being.
Unlike in most other forms of exercise, in Pilates quality is valued over quantity: what counts is the quality of the movement and not the number of times you repeat an exercise.
"Body Control Pilates is renowned as a world-leading education provider for Pilates teaching"
At Well-Being Pilates, your instructor has been certified by Body Control Pilates (BCP), Europe’s largest professional Pilates organisation.
The BCP teacher training course is the most comprehensive of its kind and is widely seen as an international benchmark. All BCP teachers work to a Code of Practice governing teaching standards, professional ethics and continuing education.
Body Control Pilates is remarkably effective. Central to the BCP method is awareness of your own body. Good movement skills are taught step-by-step, focusing on alignment, breathing and centring.
Throughout classes, you will notice an improvement in your concentration, control, and flow and precision of movement. Once you have mastered the fundamentals of Pilates, you will be ready for more advanced and complex movement sequences.
"Pilates is gaining mastery of your mind over the compete control of your body"
Joseph Pilates developed a movement-based exercise programme during the early 1900s, to build strength without adding bulk, while improving flexibility. At the time, it was a training method for elite athletes. Fortunately, today Pilates has been broken down into progressive exercises, bringing the benefits to people of all abilities.
Joseph suffered from ill health as a child and consequently experimented with many different types of fitness training to overcome his frailty. He eventually drew on elements of several disciplines to create a system that perfectly balances strength and flexibility.
The ‘classical’ Pilates method may take years to perfect and may be beyond the capability of many people. But because the system has been broken down into progressive levels, you can work safely and effectively towards the more advanced exercises.
“You will feel better in ten sessions, look better in twenty sessions, and have a completely new body in thirty sessions” (Joseph Pilates)
Pilates improves muscle elasticity and joint mobility. Your entire body is balanced and conditioned, helping you to enjoy daily activities, improve your physical performance and reduce the risk of injury.
For athletes, Pilates can complement training by developing whole-body strength and flexibility, while also reducing the risk of injury.
At Well-Being Pilates, we can design modifications to standard exercises that allow people recovering from injury or illness to come to classes, whether at beginner or advanced level. The intensity can be increased as body condition improves.
Why is it good for me?
Pilates is recognized as helping to improve:
Flexibility - Joint mobility - Posture - Balance - Bone and muscle strength Coordination - Stamina - Energy levels - Self-esteem - Confidence
Injury prevention - Rehabilitation
By paying close attention to correct spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing and connection with the centre, your mind becomes acutely attuned to the body.
Focusing on correct alignment allows muscles to work effectively without putting excessive strain on one muscle group over another. As your alignment improves, so will your posture. You will find that you put less pressure on sensitive joints such as knees and hips. You will also notice an improvement in the natural movement of the shoulder girdle (the bony arch formed by the collarbones and shoulder blades).
Breathing is a key factor in helping to mobilise and stabilise the body during exercises. Breathing also helps relieve stresses and tensions in the mind and body. As you focus on breathing, you become more aware of inhalation and exhalation, which in turn will have a positive impact on your day-to-day life.
In Pilates, the centre refers to the deep abdominal muscles and those closest to the spine. Centring is the feeling of connection to these inner muscles and helps to stabilise and control the pelvis and spine.
A strong centre enables you to perform daily tasks or engage in sports safely and more effectively. It also helps support the back. Pilates movements stem from a strong core and are often recommended to reduce back pain.