What Is Pilates

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a stretching and strengthening system of movements developed by Joseph Pilates over 80 years ago. Pilates incorporates the most effective elements from eastern and western disciplines of mental and physical conditioning. Made popular today by movie and sports stars, Pilates has been used by dancers for years to achieve the long, strong and flexible bodies that are essential to their work. There should be no doubt that Pilates can work for you whether you are in your 20s or 60s and want to keep strong, be flexible and balanced. Today, many of the world’s Olympic athletes incorporate Pilates into their training routines. Pilates will work for you whether you’re a tennis, baseball, football – player, golfer, skier, dancer or if you just want to stay healthy in your fitness level.

In our studio you will experience professional and personalized instruction with proven and visible results using top equipment from Peak Pilates.

Come in and find out what Tiger Woods, Joan Collins, Liz Hurley, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Martin Amis, John Cleese and Ian McKellen discovered. 'What do I like most about Pilates? 'The fact that I can really feel my body working. I might do 250 crunches but my body is so used to them that I don't really feel them. With Pilates, I can really feel [my abdominals] even if I only do six or 12 repetitions.' Joan Collins, actress and writer, who first started doing Pilates over 20 years ago. 'Pilates is not just for the fit. It is wonderful for injuries. My damaged shoulder was taken in hand, s pecial exercises prescribed, attentive care always available. A younger member of our group recently had a hip operation and Pilates helped her recovery; another broke a leg and arrived for classes encased in plaster. Already she's back on her feet. I stop short of making medical claims. I merely report what I have seen.' Joan Bakewell, writer and broadcaster, on the secret of her health and agility at the age of 70 - from a recent article in The Guardian.

Some of the benefits are:

aid post-injury rehabilitation
improved posture
relief of aches and pains
superior abdominal strength
enhance sport performance
long lean defined muscles and
most significantly, the mind becomes the body's master, in creasing self-confidence and courage
How to get started?

You should schedule an initial Private session, or the Introductory Offer, or schedule for the Intro Class. During this session(s), the instructor will assess your posture, movement patterns and work with you to build a specific program to meet your needs and goals. If you have some physical limitations, your instructor can give you an estimation of how Pilates can benefit you. Ideally, Pilates should be practiced 2-3 times per week in approximately one-hour-long sessions. Pilates may be practiced in a group or private setting.