Mat Pilates at TWS
Pilates – what’s it all about?
Pilates was developed in the early part of last century by Joseph Pilates. During the First World War, Pilates was interned as a nurse and began to use the methodologies he had worked on to improve rehabilitation programmes for casualties, helping injured soldiers to regain their health by strengthening, stretching and stabilising key muscles. After the war Joseph Pilates moved to New York and set up the first pilates studio.
Pilates has long been popular among ballet dancers and gymnasts as it favours control and technique over repetition and speed and is used for overall conditioning and strengthening of the body. Its appeal is now widespread as it is a gentle non-aerobic exercise method that doesn’t stress the joints or the heart, making it one of the safest most effective forms of exercise available.
The benefits of pilates
During Pilates movements, the focus on strengthening and lengthening the muscles at the same time produces long, lean, strong overall muscle tone that doesn’t create bulk. Pilates has very specific benefits, including improvement to bone density + strength, pelvic floor function (great for ladies of all ages!), proper breathing techniques and lung
With regular Pilates classes, you can expect overall tone + slimming, improved flexibility, increased mobility, better alignment and postural correction.
You’ll find you are holding yourself differently, standing taller, sitting straighter and moving with better balance and coordination.
Expect to see results – and fast!