The Pilates method of body conditioning is a unique system of stretching and strengthening exercises, developed over 90 years ago by Joseph Pilates. He began to develop his exercise system as he suffered with illness as a child, notably Asthma and Rickets, and as a direct result of the benefits of Pilates he went on to become a body builder and circus performer.

His objective was to make people more body aware, and so he called his new regime “The art of contrology” or muscle control, to promote his unique approach of using the mind to master the muscles.

Pilates is designed to work the body through correct alignment, promoting improved efficient muscle recruitment patterns and works as an antidote for conditions that can result in back and joint pain.

It has been the secret of Dancers and Performers since the late 1920s, but is now universally accepted as being beneficial for everyone: from the first time exerciser to the professional athlete. You will learn to incorporate Pilates into your everyday life.


“It is the mind itself that shapes the body.”

– Joseph Pilates


Working from the inside out a Pilates’s workout will concentrate on the deep core muscles of the body to create a girdle of strength for a supple and graceful body.

Pilates is a method that requires time and understanding to perfect and regular practice is how to achieve results, using the 8 principles of Pilates:


1. Centering

– Working from within


2. Concentration

– Mind-body connection


3. Alignment

– Structural correction


4. Stamina

– Improved strength


5. Precision

– Controlled movement


6. Breathing

– Specific breathing techniques


7. Flow

– Smooth, controlled movement


8. Relaxation

– Mental well-being

Pilates often works well in conjunction with other forms of complementary and physical therapy and is positively recognised as a form of self-help in rehabilitation and pain management. As such a network of referral often exists with Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and GPs.


“After a Pilates class every muscle will be stretched, toned and massaged, you will leave feeling mentally and physically relaxed and energised.”

– Joseph Pilates