PILATES “is movement for life™”
German born Joseph Hubertus Pilates developed this method in the early 20th century. Originally named ‘Contrology’, it is an exercise method designed to stretch and strengthen the entire body.
Pilates focuses on the core (“Powerhouse” in Pilates Lingo) postural muscles which help keep the body balanced and are essential for providing support to the spine. Exercise science has finally caught up to the principles that Pilates was teaching over 80 years ago. Joseph Pilates believed that if your core/powerhouse was functioning fully then the rest of your body would be able to move with economy, ease, balance and natural grace, free from stress or strain on muscles and joints.
“The Pilates Principles” to conditioning the entire body, are: proper alignment, centering, concentration, control, precision, breathing, and flowing movement.
The central aim of Pilates is to create a fusion of mind and body.
“After 10 sessions you will feel better. After 20 sessions you will look better. After 30 sessions you will have a completely new body.” ~ Joseph H. Pilates
Imagine an exercise program that you look forward to, that engages you, and that leaves you refreshed and alert with a feeling of physical and mental well-being. The Pilates Method of body conditioning will do all this and more.
The transformation in the way your body looks, feels and performs will be dramatic. Pilates builds strength while reducing bulk.
By improving flexibility and agility, Pilates creates body awareness, good posture and relaxed, graceful motion. The typical gym environment can be stressful. Pilates provides an overall conditioning of the mind and the body by promoting harmony between the mental and physical aspects of health and fitness.
Goal specific and time efficient, sports men and women, ballet dancers and gymnasts use Pilates as an adjunct to their normal training to improve performance and correct muscle “imbalances”. This provides better joint support and improves muscle efficiency.
If you are interested in a healthy life change, Pilates is for you!
• Become stronger, leaner
• Perform everyday activities like walking, lifting, climbing stairs with more grace and ease.
• Improve balance, co-ordination and concentration
• Improve posture and reduce or alleviate pain associated with poor posture
• Improve performance and body-awareness and reduce the risk of injury when participating in recreational sports
• Protect the health of your spine and skeleton with gentle weight bearing movements that don’t create bulk (great for those suffering from various conditions)
• Rehabilitate spinal and soft tissue injuries from the centre out
Joseph Pilates was a genius well ahead of his time who not only developed a totally unique approach to fitness that includes well over 500 exercises but he also designed a host of specialty apparatus to assist in teaching these exercises to many different body types. His unique system of resistance training uses springs and your own body weight to lengthen while you strengthen from your core outwards into the entire body – it’s a brilliant alternative to bulky weights that produce short bulky muscles. Through a series of rigorous and controlled exercises on the various apparatus and mat, you will lengthen, strengthen and realign the body with precise efficiency of movement.
Following an injury or surgery, most people stop moving and this can lead to the entire body being compromised. This, in turn, could slow down or hinder your recovery and rehabilitation. Classical Pilates focuses on the healthy body while, at the same time, keeping the injury safe. When taught by a Pilates instructor who has knowledge of injuries as well as a system to work your body without causing extra strain to the injury, and also has Pilates apparatus specifically designed to support the weak and injured body, you will gain and maintain your strength. Sometimes when rehabilitating from a specific problem or area, you may only work on that area and this could cause further imbalance within the body. Pilates treats the cause, not just the symptoms.
There are literally hundreds of exercises and modifications for different injuries and conditions. When a student has an injury, we request that you make an appointment for a Private Session to learn how to modify exercises appropriately for your injury before you join a Duo studio session or MAT class. You may be better to continue with private or duo studio sessions to receive absolute, personal attention and prescribed exercises for your own specific needs.
We advise to take part in The Hara Pilates Essentials 8 week course as it will be the foundation of your Pilates practice and we want to make sure it’s strong. Otherwise our Pilates Mat classes have different focus and intensity depending on your individual needs and condition. As there are many different styles of Pilates classes, we prefer to guide you through the correct way to perform your exercises so you’ll get the greatest benefit from every workout before moving into a more flowing and vigorous class that may be different to what you practised previously.
Pilates is taught by verbal instruction and with hands on cueing. You listen for your teacher’s cues and explanations for each exercise while in a class or a studio session. If you do not understand, always ask for repeat instructions. If you ever experience pain during an exercise, stop immediately and tell your teacher. As you listen to cues, your teacher may explain corrections in your alignment and how to execute the exercises safely and efficiently. Depending on the workout your teacher has planned, you may be instructed to properly set up different pieces of equipment.
Your class or session will be challenging but tailored for you. You will begin to learn how to incorporate Pilates exercise concepts like breath and control while also learning the correct method for each movement, and how to use your equipment correctly.
At the end of your session, you are asked to clean off your mat and apparatus and put away any props and equipment you used. We ask your help to keep a clean and organized space with everything ready for the next student.
The proliferation of Pilates in the fitness industry today, means that many people teaching the method are not all equally qualified. Pilates is a challenging, energising and rewarding alternative to conventional fitness regimes. Look for the real thing...
At HARA Beyond Movement Studio, we will ensure you get the full benefit from Pilates exercises. Fully qualified Pilates instructors specialise in movement analysis and prescription of exercises to create balance, strength, flexibility and co-ordination for each individual.
Pilates is not a gym class, a physiotherapy treatment nor the latest fitness craze - it is a lifelong commitment to health and well being.