WHAT IS PILATES?
Strengthening the body from the deepest core, improve body alignment, increase flexibility and balance.
Pilates is a way of living… Pilates is an exercise method that engages the body mentally and physically. It strengthens the body from the deepest core postural muscles, improve proper body alignment, increase flexibility and balance, and improve oxygenation through focused breathing techniques. However, the greatest benefit does not only lie in performing these exercises, but in applying these new patterns in your everyday tasks.
THE HISTORY OF PILATES
Pilates believed in the power of our minds to control our bodies. He proved his theory time and again through years of research and training, and his legacy has been passed down through his students.
Joseph Pilates began developing his exercise system in Germany in the early 1900’s. Plagued by asthma and rickets as a child, Pilates’ method sprang from his determination to strengthen his frail and sickly body. He named this “The Art of Contrology”, to highlight his unique approach of using the mind to master the muscles.
Pilates integrates the whole body by focusing on activating and connecting the deepest parts of the body that should be the strongest first, these areas are your core stabilisers. These muscles are the key to provide an anchor from which the arms and legs can effectively pull and push.
Strong postural muscles and proper breathing goes hand in hand, which enhance your awareness of a good body alignment during the day, and as a result gives effortless movement throughout the day!
• Concentration – all movements originates from the mind
• Centering – to connect the entire body to the “centre”/the core
• Control – postural control as well as control of all movements
• Precision – work “smarter” not “harder”
• Flow of movement – work smoothly and efficiently
• Breathing – specific breathing techniques are taught to maximise core stability and improve oxygenation
• Alignment – to restore muscle balance that will hold the joints in their optimal alignment
• Relaxation – to release unwanted tension from the body and lengthen short tight muscles
• Develops every aspect of physical fitness: stability, strength, flexibility, coordination, speed, agility and endurance (excluding cardio-vascular fitness)
• Heightens body awareness to improve and correct alignment of the whole body
• Teaches correct muscle activation and enhances control
• Improves balance and proprioception
• Improves physical health, circulation and breathing capacity
• Offers a vehicle for concentration and focus
• Promotes relaxation and the release of tension
• Helps keep musculature and bone structure in an optimal state
• A stronger, leaner, longer lasting body
Pilates has a holistic approach to the body which includes stabilisation, movement and breathing. The main difference between Pilates and Yoga is that Pilates incorporates functional movement patterns for the whole body like the spine and limbs, while Yoga is about flexibility and static poses which you breath into.
Pilates is also about anchoring of the ‘core’ which results in flexibility and effortless movement. Yoga incorporates meditation and active relaxation into its regime while Pilates is about focus, concentration, and body awareness to release tension and to enjoy and appreciate the magic of God’s creation, your body, through movement.
IS PILATES FOR EVERYONE?
Yes, Joseph Pilates developed the method during World War I, with non-ambulatory patients in hospital, using the hospital bed springs for support and resistance. The method and sequence of exercises has since expanded to include different levels of strength and competency to even challenge elite athletes and sportsmen, especially those who struggle with muscle dominance patterns.
We have our Group classes with many options available a week. Private Pilates sessions which are individualized. Semi-private sessions which are perfect for friends and family to challenge one another. We have multiple packages available, with some discount options to get you started with your journey with us.
Is Pilates for Men?
Josef Pilates, the founder of Pilates, was a cigar smoking boxer. Pilates was designed and has its origin from the male background
Our group classes is a cost efficient way to maintain your health and wellness. We have different levels (beginners, intermediate and advance) and time slots, to strengthen your body in a safe but challenging way!
One on one, duos or trios sessions with your Pilates Instructor is the ultimate way in achieving your goals to a healthy lifestyle. Ideal for rehabilitation as well as injury prevention.
One of the best and safest ways to teach your body what it needs to assist and prepare you through your pregnancy and birth process. Anna is a Women’s Health Physio and has incorporated her knowledge within these classes.
Top Sport performance and Injury prevention! Pilates is all about Injury-prevention. Activating from the deepest core, working on alignment and eccentrically strengthening the body.
Coming soon! Watch this space…. The Rebounder Trampoline will be incorporated in some of our group classes for a cardio tweak and for loads of fun!
PILATES AS REHABILITATION, INJURY PREVENTION AND CONTINUOUS EXERCISES
Pilates integrates the whole body by focusing on activating and connecting the deepest parts of the body first, these areas are your CORE STABILISERS. These muscles are the key to provide an anchor from which the arms and legs can effectively pull and push.
WHY CHOOSE ANNA PHYSIOS PILATES?
...we want to help you, to help yourself...To be independent, to manage your own condition!
Self wellness, care and injury prevention is not a luxury but a necessity. Contact us to book a consultation. We are a dynamic team that cares.