Pilates is complete coordination of body, mind and spirit - Joseph Pilates

About Pilates

Joseph Pilates was born near Düsseldorf, Germany in 1883.  He was a frail child, suffering from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. His drive and determination to overcome these ailments led him to become a competent gymnast, diver and skier.


In 1912 Pilates lived in England working as a circus performer, boxer and self-defence instructor. During the First World War, he was interned with other German nationals. During this time he developed his technique of physical fitness further, by teaching his fellow internees. During the latter part of the War, he served in a hospital on the Isle of Man where he worked with patients unable to walk. He later met his wife Clara, and they both moved to New York in 1920 where they opened their Studio.  Gymnasts, Ballet dancers and celebrities reaped the benefits, and over the years The Pilates method grew in popularity.  Pilates is now regularly used in fitness and rehabilitation by the NHS, Physiotherapists and Movement Specialists around the world.  

The aim of Pilates is to move the body It is in the honouring of the Pilates Principles that the depth of the work is achieved. These Principles are traditionally cited as:

  • Breathing

  • Concentration

  • Co-ordination

  • Centring

  • Stamina

  • Precision

  • Flowing Movements

  • Alignment

Using a mixture of gravity, breath work and resistance during a number of exercises, Pilates reshapes and realigns the joints and muscles in the body.  With continued training, muscles are lengthened and strengthened and posture is improved leading to an increased sense of wellbeing.

Benefits of Pilates

  • Increased mobility and strength in your joints

  • Improved movement and posture

  • Greater sense of wellness & mental health

  • Improved sleep

  • Clothes fit better 

  • Aches and pains reduce or disappear

  • More energy

  • Relaxation

  • Improved brain function & memory 

  • Balance - less chance of a fall

About Body Control Pilates

Body Control Pilates is a leading training provider for Pilates training.  The classical exercises first used by Joseph Pilates can be difficult to master and for most people, adding layers progression is a great way of improving technique whilst not putting too much strain on your body.  This method breaks down the classical exercises and makes them more manageable and when the body is ready, difficulty is increased.  

By working on the deep architectural structure of the body, 'core stability' is achieved, and then maintained, through increasingly complex movement sequences. Specific problem-areas can be targeted by an exercise, but always in relation to the rest of your body.

 Your body awareness is heightened by bringing together mind and body - Body Control Pilates literally teaches you to be in control of your body, allowing you to handle stress more effectively and achieve relaxation more easily.

Body Control Pilates is medically approved and can be practised by anyone of any age and fitness level.

If you would like to know more about how Pilates can help you, please get in touch.

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