THE PILATES METHOD
WHAT IS PILATES?
Pilates is a physical training method named after its inventor Joseph Pilates who developed the system over 90 years ago. When Pilates died he passed his studio and work to Romana Kryzanowska. It is Romana's Pilates that we study and teach at Kinetic Pilates.
Pilates will make you stronger, more flexible and coordinated so that you are in control of your body rather than at its mercy.
Pilates is a lot more than a gentle breathing and stretching system for people who can’t do anything more strenuous. Pilates offers the potential of a challenging, dynamic full-body workout that is second to none.
WHO IS PILATES FOR?
At Kinetic Pilates, we believe that everyone and every 'body' can benefit from Pilates.
It is excellent for rehabilitation and recovery from injury and for posture, toning, strengthening, and stretching.
Pilates for Pregnancy
Pilates for Injury
Pilates for Dancers
Pilates for Men
Pilates for Sport
Pilates works with resistance offered from springs on the equipment and from ones own body.
Pilates mat work is the most famous type of Pilates workout but it is not the only one - work on the equipment is the most beneficial and gets the fastest results. It is the way Pilates was meant to be studied.
WHAT DOES PILATES DO FOR THE BODY?
Our genetics, background, lifestyle and occupation all have a huge effect on how our bodies look and feel.
Every activity you do regularly, from holding your baby and sitting on the train or working in an office to lifting weights, jogging or dancing professionally shapes your body.
Years of use, misuse and abuse lead to discomfort, pain and premature ageing. Pilates can undo this misuse.
THE PILATES METHOD
The Pilates method:
reprograms the way you use your body
sculpts a balanced body
teaches you to move with control from the centre
corrects imbalances and postural problems which are often at the root of pain
develops your body evenly so that you look and feel better
6 PRINCIPLES OF PILATES
There are six principles which shape the way that we practice every exercise in the method:
Going through the movements is not enough. How you do the exercises is more important than what exercises you do.
An experienced and comprehensively trained classical
Pilates instructor will help guide you to learn the technique properly.
REPROGRAMMING YOUR BODY WITH PILATES
If you study Pilates with us, we start by working on the symmetry and alignment of the body and help you find your “powerhouse”: the key stabilization muscles in the core.
Through a series of exercises we lengthen and strengthen the muscles, teaching the body to lift up against gravity rather than slump and we work to develop a flexible yet stable spine which can move easily and safely. These basics are for everyone, regardless of their level of fitness because no-one is naturally 100% physically balanced.
In Pilates the emphasis is more about training how the different parts relate in movement than it is about developing single body parts. Once these foundations are in place we can build exceptionally high levels of physical strength and control.
Although it may not always appear like it, Pilates is based on natural movement patterns and for this reason is extremely transferable into the way we move in everyday life.