What is Pilates?
Pilates is breath-led, slow paced, low-impact movements focused on strengthening, mobility and flexibility, mainly of the deep, stabilising muscles of the core, but also incorporating the whole body.
It helps improve postural alignment and flexibility, and is a fantastic way to prevent and alleviate back pain.
Pilates is also a great complimentary practice to other sports, such as running and cycling.
What's the difference between Pilates and Yoga?
There are a number of similarities between the two, and in fact Joseph Pilates drew from Yoga as one of his influences when creating the technique, which he originally called 'Controlology'.
Whilst Yoga and Pilates are both breath-led practices with some similar movements working on strength and flexibility, the breath pattern is inverted in Pilates with the exhale used to power movement. Also, where Yoga has strong spiritual attachment and traditionally uses poses to prepare the body for prolonged meditation, Pilates has roots in rehabilitation and seeks to strengthen the body for modern life.
I have mobility restrictions - can I join a class?
Pilates is slow paced, low-impact and has a million adaptations and adjustments which mean that we can find a practice to suit you. If you have specific medical conditions, just get in touch beforehand so we can talk through what you need!