One to One Pilates Instruction
During a Pilates session individual problems and injuries can be discussed, an assessment of your posture and core strength to design a specific program to suit your personal goals and requirements.
The Pilates Method of exercise was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. The exercises help improve strength and flexibility, achieving a strong core, developing leaner muscles and improve range of motion, creating overall balance and good health in the body.
The Six Pilates Principles:
- Center All movements originating from the center or 'powerhouse'. All movement in Pilates should begin from the powerhouse and flow outward to the limbs.
- Control "Contrology" was Joseph Pilates' preferred name for his method. All exercises are performed with control against gravity or resistance.
- Flow The movements should flow outwards from the core to create efficiency in movement and precision.
- Breath A very important element to Pilates is the 'posterior lateral breathing'. The in breath is deep into the back and sides of the rib cage and the exhale engages the deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, increasing the intake of oxygen and the circulation of this oxygenated blood to every part of the body. Breathing should incorporated with movement with every exercise.
- Precision The focus on performing correct movements every time rather than lots of reps ineffectively. 'The goal is for this precision to eventually become second nature, and carry over into everyday life as grace and economy of movement.'
- Concentration Smooth controlled movements targeting specific areas of the body