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Pilates is a unique form of low impact exercises that systematically challenges the body through muscular co-ordination and control. Pilates progressively conditions the body by lengthening and adding strength to muscle groups through a combination of spinal alignment, control of movement, lateral thoracic breathing and mental focus and precision.
It focuses on working from the core, especially the deep abdominal muscles that provide stability and freedom of motion. This is one of the many reasons why Pilates is so widely upheld by sufferers of back pain, and promoted by Physiotherapists and Sport Scientists for rehabilitation and injury prevention.
Due to its low impact nature, Pilates is widely regarded by Health Professionals and fitness experts as one of the best methods of exercising whilst pregnant.
Its benefits to the pregnant woman are wide ranging. Pilates strengthens the lower back, thus offsetting changes in posture, and alleviates back pain. It also promotes a strong pelvic floor, crucial to easing delivery and improving recovery. The breathing techniques used in Pilates also provide endurance and respiratory control during labour.
Exercises can be adapted at each stage of labour in relation to individual needs. Generally, women can return to Pilates four to six weeks after delivery, or eight to twelve after a Caesarean Section. Post natal Pilates helps the body regain shape and muscular tone, bringing about self confidence in the new mum.
Tibberton Village Hall
& 7.15pm (1hr)
Academy House (City Centre)
Norton Parish Hall
Quaker Meeting House (Sansome Walk)
Hanbury Village Hall
Hanbury Village Hall
& 10.45am (1hr)
Holt Heath Village Hall
About Me: I'm a Level 3 qualified Fitness Instructor in Pilates and Pre & Post Natal fitness, teaching also aqua, indoor cycling and aerobics within the Worcestershire area for nearly 10 years.
I am especially passionate about passing on the benefits of Pilates to all age groups and fitness levels. I offer both group matwork classes and personal individual tuition.
Joseph Hubertus Pilates was born in Dusseldorf 1880, was an unhealthy child who suffered from ricketts, asthma and rheumatic Fever. Determined to overcome his fragility, Pilates drew inspiration from Eastern holistic practices, Zen Buddhism and the ancient Greek ideal of man perfected in development of body, mind and spirit.
After experimenting with a wide range of disciplines: yoga, gymnastics, martial arts, dance and weight training amongst them, Pilates chose specific elements of each that enabled to develop his physical and mental wellbeing.Today this can be seen in the Pilates system that promotes the perfect balance between strength and flexibility.
After emigrating to New York in 1922, Pilates set up his first studio with his future wife, whom he met on the boat trip there! Pilates’ work was immediately popular with dancers and athletes who recognised its benefits for strength and rehabilitation. However, it was not until his death at the ripe age of 87 that Joseph Pilates’ influence and legacy in world fitness truly evolved.