The Pilates Method

“Breathing is the first act of life, and the last.”

Joseph Pilates

Physical integrity

Breathing is a key principle and foundation block of the Pilates method. The breath is used to centre and focus on developing patterns of inhalation and exhalation that synchronise with the flow of movement to create dynamic muscle recruitment. Deep breathing techniques with movement improve circulation, contribute to mind-body-spirit connectivity, energise and release tension.

Another benefit is heightened strength through improved coordination and endurance. Strength and stability are acquired through a progressive repertoire of exercises that improve fitness level together with spinal health and alignment. The result is a confidence and positivity that flows into every part of your life.

“Your posture is as good as your spine is strong, and you are as young as the spine is flexible.”
Joseph Pilates

Flexibility underpins the execution of efficient movement. An inflexible spine as a young adult, if not addressed, can lead to back and spinal conditions with ageing. Through the Pilates approach to spinal mobilisation, a degree of freedom and range of movement can be achieved.

Physical integrity is developed through the commitment and self-determination individuals apply to their Pilates practice. Importantly, correct muscle activation, posture and alignment leads to improved body awareness and well being.

Continuous improvement

“To achieve the highest accomplishments within the scope of our capabilities in all walks of life we must constantly strive to acquire strong, healthy bodies and develop our minds to the limit of our ability.”
Joseph Pilates

Pilates is a continuous learning process, and the path to improved strength, flexibility and body awareness may involve periods of illness, injury or a lack of time impeding progress. However, accepting these limitations, working through these issues with sessions that focus on good movement and postural alignment provide an opportunity to make positive change. Programs are tailored to accommodate clients specific needs and address the whole body, mind and breath, building from basic to intermediate workouts.