We run Pilates classes in our Claygate studio. The classes are for a maximum of 4 people so that the tuition is very individual. The classes are taken by Physiotherapists with Pilates certification, this ensures that the exercises are safe and can be modified for clients recovering from injuries or experiencing pain.
The Pilates method of exercise was devised by Joseph Pilates who was born in Germany in 1880. Whilst he was interned as a POW during the First World War he was trained as a ward orderly. It was here that he devised a gentle exercise regime for his bed ridden patients and incorporated the use of springs attached to the bed to add resistance. (the modern day Reformer!). It was evident that the patients that were doing Joseph’s exercises were improving faster than those on the other wards. His exercises routines are also said to have prevented him and his fellow prisoners contracting the influenza virus that killed thousands of POW’s.
Pilates exercises are suitable for all age groups and levels of fitness.
The main benefits are:
- Spinal and core strengthening to relieve back and neck pain and prevent further episodes of pain.
- Mobilisation and strengthening of the spine and joints
- Improved posture
Pilates believed that injuries were caused by imbalances in the body and habitual poor patterns of movement which lead to compensation in other parts of the body. Once these poor patterns were corrected through exercise the pain resolved. His exercises concentrate on the precision of movement and breathing so that normal movement patterns are adopted and carried over into our everyday movements.