What is Pilates?

The Pilates Method was first developed in the early 1900s by Joseph H Pilates (1883-1967), who was one of the first individuals to explain imbalance theories within the body. Pilates first came to the UK in 1970 and nowadays it is becoming increasingly more popular.

The Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI) method was designed by physiotherapists specifically for the use within the rehabilitation setting. Traditional Pilates exercises were broken down and modified to suit the clinical population and was based on spinal and lumbo-pelvic stabilisation research. The APPI Pilates method is a logical system of exercises aimed at strengthening and stretching the body, improving tone and postural alignment. Its goal is to achieve a complete body workout with the aim of restoring balance to the body and improving functional movement patterns.

At Pilates with Gillian we follow the APPI Pilates method which is essentially a mind-body technique that emphasises the importance of training the deep postural  muscles for correct and efficient movement. From this centre, Gillian will progressively adjust the intensity of each exercise through the use of various limb movements specific to her clients needs. Through practice and paying attention to our bodies, will eventually improve our mind and body self awareness.

Pilates is suitable for everyone regardless of ability, experience or age.Whether you are elderly or young; flexible or stiff; office worker or athlete, Pilates can help you to improve your posture and alignment, body shape, movement and performance. It can improve mobility, balance, coordination, muscle strength, endurance, flexibility, and confidence.

Many people find it helps them to  relieve stress and relax, or gives them a feeling of well-being. It is also extremely useful for pre- and post-natal women, although most group classes are not appropriate during pregnancy unless it is a specialist class. Unfortunately at Pilates With Gillian we do not provide specialist antenatal Pilate’s classes as yet, however keep in touch and watch this space!