This popular method of body conditioning is highly effective due to its focus on the body’s ‘core’ muscle also known as the transverse abdominis. When this deep abdominal muscle is strong it supports your spine allowing the rest of the body to safely and effectively bend, flex, extend and rotate.
Together with correct breathing, the many hundreds of exercises used in classes will draw your attention to other key parts of the body such as your feet, knees, pelvis, ribcage, shoulder girdle, neck and head – any of which, if unstable or badly aligned, can cause bad posture and even injury. With the correct balance of muscle tone your body will move towards a more ideal or ‘neutral’ alignment with your muscles becoming more streamlined, eventually changing the shape of your body.
Pilates can positively change the way you sit, walk, run, jump, play tennis or golf, dance, ski, horse ride, workout in the gym and much more. Everyone can do it from the injured to the athletic, from the adolescent to the elderly. Regular practice has been proved to help with many conditions such as chronic back pain, mental health issues, incontinence, asthma, arthritus, to name just a few, and can assist in improving concentration, coordination and weight loss. Pilates is also used as an integral part of the sport or dance enthusiast’s fitness routine.
Celebrities such as Madonna, Kim Kardashian, Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz and Pippa Middleton are big Pilates fans and so are sporting heroes such as Victoria Pendelton, Andy Murray and David Beckham, who all swear by the Pilates method of body conditioning. Take a look at our Testimonials page to find out why our very own ‘Encore’ clients love Pilates.