Joseph Humbertus Pilates was born in Germany in 1880. He spent his childhood fighting rickets, asthma and rheumatic fever. Determined to become physically immune to his ailments, Joe studied yoga, Zen meditation and rigorous exercise regimes of the ancient Greeks and Romans. By his teens Joe was excelling in skiing, diving and gymnastics and followed on to develop a system of exercise while interned as a prisoner of war during WW1.
What is Pilates?
The Pilates method of exercise is essentially a mind-body centering technique that emphasises the importance of beginning movement from a central core of stability, namely the lumbar (low back) and pelvic region.
From this central principle, the Pilates method works by challenging the core by using upper and lower limb movements as well as adding resistance using exercise bands and various types of equipment as the person improves.
What are the benefits of Pilates ?
If you are interested in joining a Pilates class please contact the practice on 020 8504 0478 for more information.
Classes are available at various times and locations and are taken by our Physiotherapists who are qualified Pilates instructors.
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