What is Pilates?
Pilates was developed in the 1920's by legendary physical trainer Joseph H. Pilates. The Pilates Method is an exercise system which focuses on increasing flexibility and strength to build more defined, longer, leaner muscles. Each exercise emphasises precision of movement, concentration, correct alignment and control.
Modern Pilates is literally a modern approach to Pilates based exercise. It is a combination of stability techniques used in physiotherapy and traditional Pilates movements. Modern Pilates addresses both the mind and body in its approach to teaching and exercise programming.
Classic v Modern Pilates
Classic Pilates refers to Pilates practice that does not deviate from the original teachings, techniques, flat spinal alignment, and order of exercises that Joseph and Clara Pilates developed.
Modern Pilates uses current knowledge of exercise science and spinal rehabilitation to adapt the original teachings. Although the method of Joseph Pilates was ahead of its time, certain changes needed to be made to bring it into the 21st Century.
Who should do Pilates?
Everybody! Modern Pilates is recommended by for those recovering from back problems, weak abdominals (core stability),stress incontinence and poor posture. It is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
Pilates is especially recommended by medical specialists for those with back problems. As many as 80% of individuals in the Western world will suffer at least one disabling episode of back pain during their lives… Unfortunately, recurrence of back pain after an acute episode is common. (“Back Stability” by Christopher M. Norris).