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''Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body. If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young.'' 


Joseph Hubertus Pilates (1880-1967)

Pilates is a refreshing mind body workout. It has a meditative effect on the mind as it has the ability to hit the pause button to our daily mind chatter. Instead our mind turns towards the focus on our breath, the instructions from the teacher and the flow of each move. Pilates is about precision and quality of the moves rather than the quantity of reps. It has proven very effective as a workout as well as part of rehabilitation programs.

Some conventional sports training methods don't provide our bodies with enough mobility and they tend to overuse some muscles and not use others enough. Too often we see people performing exercises in the gym with the lack of proper technique too. This can cause stiffness and misalignment in various parts of the body long term. In Pilates we work on developing our full range of movement, using optimal technique whilst strengthening our entire body at its end range. The result is a body that is fit for life i.e, more efficient in our daily tasks and better at our sport for longer. 


Pilates works several muscle groups at the same time and in a fluid movement. We work on our mobility, strength and dynamic movement with the help of proper breathing. The breathing is very important as it enhances our mind and body connection. 


Pilates has a rich and interesting history, originally called Contrology, Joseph Pilates created a method which has grown and adapted throughout the years. However, the principles of his practice have remained - breath, flow, concentration, centering, precision and control.

​Because of the modification and progression levels to each Pilates exercise, Pilates is suitable for anyone. It challenges each individual within their own ability and is suitable for anyone no matter their age and, because of it's low impact you can keep practising it for the rest of your life!

Matwork Pilates can be as dynamic, strengthening and challenging as the increasingly popular, Reformer Pilates. Matwork is accessible by anyone, anywhere whereas a Reformer is a more expensive piece of equipment which means a hefty cost per class, and it certainly won't fit with you in your suitcase, should you decide to buy one for yourself :) 

With consistent practise we can achieve a deeper sense of body awareness and confidence, a stronger, more toned body that has more flexibility but above all, a body which feels more energised and grounded rather than achy and tired. 


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