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Pilates is a physical fitness system developed  by Joseph Pilates, who was born in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1880. As a child Pilates suffered with various ailments such as rickets, asthma and rheumatic fever. To overcome these issues he devised his own system of exercises, (some using specially designed equipment and others mat based) drawing from his own experiences in the circus; as a war time fitness instructor and influences from the world of ballet. His guiding philosophy was that achieving good health means that the whole body , mind, and spirit - must be addressed. Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the body, with a focus on the deep, supporting muscles. There is also an emphasis on working in a controlled and careful way. One of the outcomes of his work was the development of a series of 34 mat based exercises. These now feature in many modern day Pilates classes. His full work can be seen in his book Return to Life Through Contrology. 

"Physical Fitness is the first requisite to happiness" Joseph Pilates


Pilates is great way to 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.

Generally Pilates can help you improve:

  •  Posture

  •  Strength

  • Flexibilty - Balance and co-ordination

  • Breathing technique

  • Relaxation

  • General health and wellbeing


To find out more, discuss your individual requirements please contact Fiona. 

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