Our bodies are designed to move and our spines have evolved with that purpose.
Modern day living means that most of us spend the majority of our time with the spine in a flexed position – with rounded shoulders and lose the curves which make the neutral – spine strong. We sit over a computer – we drive – we are exhausted at the end of the day so slump on the sofa..this all adds up to weakness in the postural muscles and imbalances which mean that the spine and the muscles around it are vulnerable to injury through the repeated stresses. We lose tone in the supporting muscles which surround the core – the powerhouse – between the ribs and the pelvis.
Pilates – developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s – builds stamina strength and flexibility which will help to reverse these problems. As a bonus, it reshapes your body – improving muscle tone and giving a longer, leaner look.
BODY CONTROL PILATES breaks down the ‘classical’ exercises, used by Joseph Pilates to train dancers and gymnasts into a more accessible, step by step form suitable for the vast majority of people, while working towards the more advanced exercises if desired. This makes it a very safe method which concentrates initially on Alignment Breathing and Centring to allow people from all walks of life and all ages and abilities to feel the benefit. Once the basics are established you can then progress to the more demanding exercises - or not - if you want more challenge. However it is important to remember that the method works by using the CORE muscles rather than the superficial muscles, and though one may be able possibly to make the SHAPE of the exercise, unless you have those deep, postural muscles you are not getting the full benefit of Pilates - efficient, controlled, full range of movement from a strong base of support.
Classes are small (12 max) to allow individual attention. One to one or small groups are available by arrangement. Teachers of the Body Control method have undertaken rigorous training and assessment. We are required to undertake Continuing Professional Development every year and hold current CPR certification and valid insurance.