Pilates is a body conditioning system based on six clear principles, that helps build flexibility, muscle strength, endurance and balance throughout the body. It places emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing, developing a balanced physicality, improving coordination and allowing increasing body-awareness.
The Pilates system allows for different exercises to be modified in a range of difficulty from beginning to advanced levels. Intensity can be increased gradually and appropriately over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises.
Pilates improves muscle tone, balances musculature, supports correct posture, and teaches clients to move with an easy physicality. The method achieves this using a range of apparatus to guide and train the body through a tailor-made programme of exercises.
Joseph Pilates originally developed his method in around 1918 and, in common with many other physical culture systems from the first part of the twentieth century, he devised and used several pieces of apparatus in order to assist and maximise the process. Each piece of apparatus (the four major pieces being the Reformer, the Trapeze Table, the Wunda Chair, and the Ladder Barrel) has its own repertoire of exercises which use sprung resistance/assistance to achieve the appropriate response.
In much modern Pilates, which is the most widely marketed today, particularly as an extension of the physiotherapy and fitness industries, many changes have been made to the original exercises, the equipment, and philosophy. This type of Pilates-based bodywork is often performed in larger classes and almost exclusively takes place on mats or using small equipment.
Classical/Authentic Comprehensive Pilates, however, teaches consistency in respecting the principles of the method developed by Joseph Pilates. Teachers of Authentic Comprehensive Pilates seek to stay close to Pilates’s original work and support the use of equipment that is built to his own specifications. Comprehensively trained teachers will also have studied and practised the Pilates system of exercises for themselves over many years and very much believe that before you can teach others you need to have developed a deep understanding of Pilates from within your own body first.
Comprehensive Studio Pilates can be of great benefit to almost everybody and can also be invaluable in aiding the rehabilitation & maintenance of many specialised conditions including:
- Sports or other injuries
- Spinal conditions and Disc issues
- Hip & knee replacement
- Neurological conditions
- Post surgery rehabilitation
- Repetitive Strain injuries
- Postural problems
- Chronic back and joint issues
- General physical fitness, mobility & balance