5th January 2016

Pilates

Reformer Pilates  | Mat Pilates

PILATES explained

Pilates is an exercise system that focuses on stretching and strengthening the whole body to improve balance, muscle-strength, flexibility and posture. It was created by German-born Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s and incorporates elements of yoga, martial arts and Western forms of exercise.

Here at Hope Pilates we have a range of styles in our mat based classes (As pictures above). Focusing on classical training, clinical and beginners Pilates focuses on teaching the main structure. We use the 8 principles to enable us to perform to the best of our ability, Core ‘n’ more is an interval training style of Pilates. Only open for those who have experience as safety is most important and you must work to your level.

Athletic Pilates is focused on helping those recovering from injury, have weakness o alignment issues hingering them from doing their sport. Target areas mainly feet, hipflexors, shoulders not to forget ‘core’ always

Initially adopted by professional dancers in the US as an effective form of recovery after injury, Pilates has steadily grown in popularity around the world, and includes celebrity fans such as Madonna and Jennifer Aniston.

Pilates is a highly effective exercise that can be practised by all ages and abilities to help you eliminate pain, build strength, increase flexibility and regain your overall well being. Workouts are designed to help you improve muscle strength as well as decreasing stress levels by harmoniously coordinating breathing, balance and alignment. Small equipment such as a Pilates circle, resistance bands, roller foam and over ball can all be incorporated for a fun and more dynamic workout.

In this sedentary world, 80% of complaints are due to back problems however, there have been increasing reports of Upper Limb Disorders (ULD) and Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) among office professionals due to office workers engaging in unvarying positions many hours each day. Height, weight and lack of mobility of the individual also play a part in exacerbating the problems, as much as the work environment and bad set up of the work space.

Even though women dominate the studio, more and more men are joining due to the immense health benefits, not to mention the additional benefits of enhancing their sex lives! We also have ‘Men ONLY’ reformer Pilates available!

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