Why do Pilates?

(Guest post, by Ali Baker.)

Pilates is a bit of a buzz word these days, but whilst you may have heard of Pilates, you’re left wondering what it is and why do it! Let me explain…

Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in the last century, initially in response to his own health issues. It is a safe and effective form of exercise which addresses the needs of the whole body, with the aim of enabling the body and mind to work as efficiently as possible.

Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the body, focussing on the deep, supporting muscles. There is an emphasis on working in a controlled and careful way, releasing areas of tightness and strengthening weaker muscles to bring the body into balance.

Pilates is great to help you achieve lasting results, whether you are looking to improve your ability in your chosen activity, recovering from injury or illness or simply wanting to increase your general health and wellbeing.

Pilates can help you to:

• Improve posture

• Increase strength

• Gain flexibility

• Enhance balance and co-ordination

• Improve breathing technique

• Achieve relaxation

• Reduce levels of pain

• Promote general health and wellbeing

Anyone can do Pilates! It is excellent for all ages and abilities, as it is a low impact form of exercise, placing little stress on the body.

Sessions last for an hour and generally start with a warm up to prepare the body and mind for the exercises ahead. You will then be introduced to a range of exercises designed to align, stabilise, release and strengthen different body areas. Exercises are performed in a variety of positions such as standing, lying down and seated.

If you would like to know more, please contact me.

Ali Baker



Tel 07845 060090


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