Book review: ‘The Official Body Control Pilates Manual.’

cover of The Official Body Control Pilates Manual.


This book is for everyone, whether you are complete beginner to Pilates, or experienced. This is a well informed book of 271 pages, separated into beginners, intermediate and advanced. As I have been doing Pilates over a year myself, I recognise a lot of moves in this book.

The book starts of with an introduction to Pilates and other information about it, before you begin. All the Pilates moves have clear colour photographs, so you can see how your posture and how your body should be.
Although this book will be good to have before you start Pilates class. Going to a Pilates class will benefit you also, to make sure you are doing the moves correctly.
This book will last you many years to come and a good addition to the bookshelf.
Its available at, but I was lucky to find this book second hand at a local café bookstore, one time. So it was a bargain for me.

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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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