What is Pilates?
Pilates is a practice created by Joseph Pilates and his wife Clara in the early 1920’s. The method originally called ‘Contrology’ was created mostly for dancers and gymnasts- helping them to control their over flexible bodies to create strong, aligned bodies and help prevent injury. Over the years it has been adapted so it is suitable for everyone. Joe created the well known classical matwork, as well as the Pilates equipment we see today, such as the reformer, tower, cadillac, chair & many more. Pilates improves posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility. With this there is a much bigger concentration on moving efficiently and creating good movement patterns. Pilates isn’t about big bodily movement, that looks impressive and is ‘instagrammable’- quite often, less is more. This type of movement really aims to strengthen our small stabilising muscles, which often get forgotten about.
What are the benefits in every day life?
I truly believe Pilates is essential for everyone, no matter your age or what kind of work you are in. Attending Pilates classes helps give you more awareness of body, encourages you to think about your posture and alignment in everyday life, which is vital for a healthy anatomy. You’ll be able to help relieve the effects of sitting down for long periods and strengthen the necessary areas. Athletes and people who are very active use Pilates as injury prevention as well as most Physios use Pilates exercises as a form of rehabilitation for their clients.
You’ll have a better understanding and a tool kit of exercises you can do if you are finding some challenges within the body.
How does it compliment yoga?
Modern day yoga has altered, with a heavy focus now being put on the aesthetic rather than the quality of movement, each body is different so the aesthetic will be different for everyone and not something we want to be concentrating on too much. Cross training yoga with Pilates will benefit you with new movement patterns. Help to understand your weak spots as well as working your core and smaller stabilising muscles. We can often unknowingly cheat poses and inversions by compensating in the body which will eventually lead to injury. The stronger we are within our core and small stabiliser muscles, the more efficient, aligned and safe your yoga practice will be. It will then allow you to go further and deeper in your poses and inversions.
Join our PILATES classes on:
Tuesdays 10am Catford
Tuesdays 5.45pm Lee
Fridays 11.30am Catford
Saturdays 12.30pm Catford
With more being added over the coming weeks and months across both studios.