First and foremost Pilates is a form of exercise, – it trains you to move your body efficiently. It is the quality of the movement that is key. Whilst you can track your progress, Pilates is not results-focused – it is process-focused. It helps to emphasise specific areas of improvement and it improves the link between the brain and the body.
Pilates takes the body through various movement planes, progressively adding challenges; e.g. weighted resistance, stability, altered breathing patterns and coordination. These challenges help us to recognise our body awareness and improve control over movement patterns. It allows us to do this with the specific intention of minimising the risk of injury and to improve efficiency.
Pilates is universal. It originated with Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s but more recently has been pioneered by Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash and the New Zealand rugby team. Whilst its use is best documented amongst athletes, Pilates crosses all gender and ability boundaries. I have taught Pilates to a wide demographic – from Olympic athletes to grandmothers, such is the nature of its diversity.