Imagine an exercise program that you look forward to, that engages you, and that leaves you refreshed and alert with a feeling of physical and mental wellbeing. The Pilates Method of body conditioning will do all this ... and more.
Developed in the 1920s by the legendary physical trainer and founder, Joseph H. Pilates, The Pilates Method is an exercise system focused on improving flexibility and strength for the total body without building bulk. Not surprisingly, some of the first people to use The Pilates Method were dancers such as Martha Graham and George Balanchine.
The Pilates Method is not just exercise however, it is a series of controlled movements engaging your body and mind, performed on specifically designed exercise apparatus and supervised by extensively trained teachers.
The Pilates Method of body conditioning promotes physical harmony and balance for people of all ages and physical conditions while providing a refreshing and energizing workout.
Because conditioning sessions are done one-to-one with a teacher or in loosely supervised small groups, each session is tailored to your specific needs.
Regardless of your current level of fitness - from sedentary office worker to fitness enthusiast - The Pilates Method can be your primary mode of body conditioning and injury prevention. Recently discovered by physical therapists, chiropractors and orthopaedists, The Pilates Method of body conditioning can also be integrated into rehabilitative exercise and physical therapy programs designed to speed recovery of soft tissue injuries. Pilates is suitable for people with physical disabilities. (Back and neck complaints, hernia, rheumatism, fibromyalgia, pregnancy, etc.)
The Pilates Method can be safely used by pregnant women to learn proper breathing and body alignment, improve concentration, and recover body shape and tone after pregnancy.
Joseph H. Pilates designed more than 500 specific exercises using five major pieces of unique apparatus to develop the body uniformly. Instead of performing many repetitions of each exercise, Joseph H. Pilates preferred fewer, more precise movements, requiring proper control and form.
Because your mind is required to engage with your body to perform the movements correctly you experience a new awareness of muscle function and control. The "powerhouse" - abdomen, lower back, and buttocks - is supported and strengthened, enabling the rest of the body to move freely.
Born in Germany in 1880, Joseph H. Pilates had a lifelong interest in body conditioning. As a frail child dedicated to becoming stronger, he later grew to become an accomplished skier, diver, gymnast and boxer.
While interned in England during World War 1 for his German citizenship, Joseph became a nurse. During this time, he designed exercise apparatus for immobilized patients by attaching springs to hospital beds.
This system formed the foundation for his style of body conditioning and specialized exercise apparatus, which he brought to New York City when he opened the first Pilates Studio in 1926.
Currently The Pilates Method is used internationally by individuals at all levels of fitness as well as by dance companies, Broadway shows, students at performing arts schools and universities, sports teams, spa clients and fitness enthusiasts at private health clubs and gyms.
We still have place on the Monday 18:15, Thursday 19:45, Wednesday 19:30, and Saturday 10:45 mat classes. If you are interested please contact Catarina Palma.
For more information on our mat classes, go to our mat classes webpage.