Pilates

History of Pilates

Pilates was designed in the 1920s by Joseph Pilates, a physical-culturist from Germany. He had suffered as a child, having rheumatic fever, rickets and asthma. His approach to recovery was vigorous exercise and it was this notion that inspired him to develop his own method. Just before the end of the First World war, he was sent to the Isle of Man where soldiers had been sent to recover. He started experimenting with springs on beds which allowed the soldiers to maintain their strength and flexibility despite being confined to bed. This idea developed into the Cadillac which is still used in the Pilates method today.After the War Joseph moved to America and trained a variety of people in the Pilates Method, including professional boxers and dancers. It was especially effective for dancers as it allowed them to work on their strength whilst maintaining and increasing their range of movement.


The Pilates Conditioning Process

Pilates is a conditioning process for the body which strengthens from the inside out. A key feature in Pilates is to isolate deep postural muscles which offers the body support to then helps you to maintain a good posture. From this we are then able to perform specific controlled exercises.  Over time you will gradually build up your strength and endurance. Physiologically it takes approximately 6 weeks for functional strength to improve, when attending 2-3 sessions per week, this applies to any strengthening program.

Pilates aims to cover all aspects of your conditioning, excluding aerobic fitness.

If practised consistently, Pilates helps to:

  • Improves flexibility and range of movement
  • Build strength  and endurance
  • Enhance body awareness and posture
  • Improve co-ordination

 

Key focus areas

There is an emphasis on maintaining a neutral pelvis and focusing on breathing as well as being aware of shoulder and neck posture. In Pilates we want to focus on reducing muscle imbalances, which often lead to injury and pain. Pilates' system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginner to advanced, so the intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises.

Pilates is suitable for most people, including:

  • Men and women of all ages,
  • Pregnant and post- natal women,
  • Cross-training athletes,
  • People rehabilitating from injury or surgery

If you are unsure if Pilates would be suitable for you, please discuss this further with your physiotherapist.

 

What to expect

Prior to starting your Pilates classes, you are required to do an initial assessment. This will allow us to design a program specifically tailored to your needs, and to set some goals for what you would like to achieve in Pilates. In your assessment you will also be introduced to some of the basic Pilates exercises and how to activate your pelvic floor muscles and deep abdominals. 

The Pilates classes will generally include mat work and Pilates equipment. The equipment adds resistance to your workout in a number of different ways including springs, dumbbells and bands. The classes will last approximately 1 hour. The sessions have a maximum of 3-4 clients and therefore are closely supervised. To get the full benefits of Pilates, it should be done on a regular basis, at least once per week.

 

Timetable and Pricing

 

Unlike some studio’s we keep our groups small (3 or 4 maximum) to ensure close supervision. This has been shown in studies to maximise results given that the maintenance of correct technique and form is at the heart of strength and flexibility developed through Pilates. Casual visits are $35, whilst packages (10) are available at $30 per session. All sessions are supervised by a physiotherapist with private health rebates applicable. We use “Body Balance” equipment - built in the USA of renowned quality and function. The timetable changes regularly to meet the needs of our clients with early mornings or late evenings available on request. We look forward to providing the best service possible to meet your specific requirements. Bookings are essential and please read our cancellation policy below.

 

Mon:     4:00pm - 5:00pm

             5:00pm - 6:00pm

             6:00pm - 7:00pm

 

Tues:     8:30am - 9:30am

             9:30am - 10:30am

 

Wed:     4:00pm - 5:00pm

             5:00pm - 6:00pm

             6:00pm - 7:00pm

 

Thurs:   4:00pm - 5:00pm

             5:00pm - 6:00pm

             6:00pm - 7:00pm

 

Fri:         8:30am - 9:30am

             9:30am - 10:30am

 

What to bring

Please bring your own towel and socks to use on the equipment.

Bring a water bottle if you’d like

There are mats provided in the class

 

NB: We require 24 hours notice to cancel or re-arrange a scheduled Pilates class. If you give us less than 24 hours notice there will be a $25 cancellation fee.