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Body Control Pilates
What is Pilates
The Pilates method is a total fitness regime which works on both the body and the mind. Based on a set of eight principles which include Relaxation, Concentration, Breathing and Alignment, the Body Control Pilates® exercises will improve your strength, flexibility, posture and co-ordination. In the words of Joseph Pilates, the founder of the method:
“In ten sessions you’ll feel the difference, in twenty you’ll see the difference, and in thirty you’ll have a new body”
The Pilates exercises will make you become more aware of your own body and how it moves (or doesn’t move!). Using this awareness you can begin to re-educate your body, ‘switching on’ the correct muscles and relaxing tension in places it is not needed. The result? Long slender muscles, a well balanced body which is strong and supple, a toned stomach and a strong back.
Pilates for Fitness & Sport
When performed regularly, Pilates is an excellent way of balancing strength and flexibility training. The exercises have been proven to enhance breathing patterns, fitness endurance, injury prevention and give a better awareness of how your body feels when it is working ‘correctly’ with the muscles, joints and bones in good alignment.
Pilates for Injury, Rehabilitation and Health
Over the years Pilates has become widely recognised by Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths and GPs as an excellent method of rehabilitation, especially for those suffering from long term back problems. By looking at the body as a whole and working to correct posture, imbalances and muscle recruitment patterns, the Pilates exercises can be adapted to create a tailor made exercise programme.
Is Pilates for You?
The majority of people can safely enjoy the benefits of Pilates – young or old, fit or unfit and all those people in the middle! To ensure you get the most from your Pilates sessions you will be asked to complete a questionnaire prior to attending your first class. This questionnaire will include some questions relating to your medical history to ensure that Pilates is a safe form of exercise for you to participate in. Any medical conditions you currently have can be taken into account and exercises modified where necessary.
Your Body Control ® Pilates Instructor
Body Control Pilates Instructors undertake intensive training before being ‘signed off’ to teach the public unsupervised. The training programme involves in depth study of anatomy and physiology as well as many hours tuition on the wide range of Pilates exercises. During the training process your teacher will have worked alongside some of the most experienced Pilates Instructors in England.
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