Pilates at The Pole Studio

Pilates Instructor: Tracey Simmonds (BASI Certified)

Research has shown that exercise is the single most important factor in helping prolong life and body function. Consequently, we are constantly looking for the best methods of exercise which will rehabilitate and prevent injuries.

Pilates was originally developed by Joseph Pilates after World War 1 to rehabilitate wounded soldiers and return them to optimal levels of physical functioning.

The focus of the Pilates method practiced in classes today is on strengthening the body and promoting muscular balance to prevent injury.

Pilates focuses on muscle isolation, with exercises that are used to target the weaker muscles affected by the imbalances in your body. This means that the exercises you do in Pilates strengthen parts of you that have been neglected through your normal exercise routine and lifestyle.

Pilates is known to be a calm and stress-free, yet highly technical type of exercise which brings about a sense of control for the body and mind.

The Principles of Pilates
Pilates Principles: Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath, and Flow
These six principles are the foundation of the Pilates approach to exercise. Their application to the Pilates method of exercise is part of what makes it unique in the fitness world.

Joseph Pilates originally called his work “contrology.” He considered this to be a body/mind/spirit approach to movement founded on the integrative effect of principles such as centering, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow.

During our mat Pilates classes these basic principles infuse each exercise with intention and fullness of expression:

Centering: This concept is defined as physically bringing the focus to the centre of the body, the powerhouse area between the lower ribs and pubic bone. Energetically, Pilates exercises are sourced from centre.

Concentration: If you bring full attention to the exercise and do it with full commitment, you will obtain maximum value from each movement.

Control: Every Pilates exercise is done with complete muscular control. No body part is left to its own devices. It is all a conscious, deliberate movement that the mind is controlling.

Precision: In Pilates, awareness is sustained throughout each movement. There is an appropriate placement, alignment relative to other body parts, and trajectory for each part of the body.

Breath: Joseph Pilates emphasised using a very full breath in his exercises. He advocated thinking of the lungs as a bellows, using them strongly to pump the air fully in and out of the body. Most Pilates exercises coordinate with the breath, and using the breath properly is an integral part of Pilates exercise.

Flow: Pilates exercise is done in a flowing manner. Fluidity, grace, and ease are goals applied to all exercises. The energy of an exercise connects all body parts and flows through the body in an even way. Pilates equipment, like the reformer, are very good mirrors of one’s flow and concentration as they tend to bang around and suddenly become quite “machine-like” if one loses ones control and flow.

FAQs Pilates Classes
I am a beginner can I join?
This class is structured to accommodate beginners as well as more advanced level students.

Do I need to be strong to join this class?
You do not need to be strong, but you will strengthen by participating in this class! You will be expertly guided by our highly experience Pilates teacher through all the necessary techniques.

Do I need to be flexible to join this class?
Flexibility is not a prerequisite of this class. The focus is on strengthening and conditioning your body and working within your level of ability (which will develop as you continue to practise!)

I am concerned about an injury I have, can I still attend?
We recommend that you visit your physiotherapist or doctor if you are worried about an injury or medical condition. Please make sure you have the all clear before joining the class. Pilates will help you to prevent injuries, but we do not diagnose or treat specific conditions.

I only want to do Pilates class, can I join the studio?
Yes you can! Please click here to view our flexible membership options!

What do I wear and what do I bring for Pilates?
Bring a bottle of water and a towel. Wear gym clothing and bring a yoga mat, should you prefer to use your own.

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