Pilates is a method of exercise originating from the work of Joseph Pilates,
which in his time he called Contrology. He said, "It is the mind which
builds the body." Evidenced by his complete exercise method teaching
awareness and control, focused breath work and postural work. Pilates builds
your body's core strength, improves flexibility, balance and stamina through
a series of low impact conditioning and stretching exercises. As all movements
are controlled and low impact there is little stress placed on the body .
It therefore avoids the muscle and joint damage associated with other types
Remember, "It is the mind which builds the body"
Pilates is not just another exercise system. Pilates' principles and fundamentals carry over into every day life and other sporting activities and they will improve your quality of movement and well being. Physiotherapists, osteopaths and doctors are now recommending the holistic approach of Pilates as one of the safest forms of exercise today.
Pilates is suitable for everyone, from teens right into the 90s, from couch potatoes to elite athletes. If you are a professional athlete looking to improve performance and function, someone wanting to alleviate pain or you are simply looking to achieve a healthier level of fitness then consider Pilates allowing your mind and body to work in harmony.
Liz Chandler, the director of Pure Moves has produced a beginners Pilates DVD entitled Real People Pilates For Over 50s
This is a great supplement to your weekley classes and features mat and standing exercises that you can do at home. It is available to buy online from our website at £12.95 but if you are taking any of the Pilates classes at Pure Moves, whether with Liz or one of the other teachers you can buy this at he special studio price of £10.