Pilates UK

Pilates Classes UK: If you have been doing various types of exercise in the UK, but have failed to attain the outcome that you were seeking, perhaps it's high time to try something totally different. One sort of exercise which you may consider trying out, if you haven't previously done so, is Pilates, a regime which aims to increase flexibility, body condition, posture, muscle strength, core strength, body awareness and stability by the use of certain apparatus, from simple mats to much more sophisticated equipment.

Just What is Pilates?: Pilates was developed by a physical trainer from Germany, called Joseph Pilates in the first part of the Twentieth Century, and was a method of exercising which he termed "Contrology". Pilates became very popular at the end of the Twentieth Century and is practiced all over the globe, although more prevalent in countries like the United States, Canada and Great Britain.

Pilates Classes in the UK

Joseph Pilates produced many pieces of equipment for individuals to practice his workouts, at first with a simple mat (still most favoured at present) and advancing to apparatus that he called the Wunda Chair, the High "Electric" Chair, the Reformer, the Ladder Barrel, the Cadillac, the Spine Corrector and the Pedi-Pole.

Along with the various kinds of Pilates equipment you will discover there are a similarly puzzling assortment of Pilates methodologies on offer in the UK, each with its specific instructors and enthusiasts. Amongst the numerous forms of Pilates styles are Group Reformer Pilates (using only "The Reformer"), Contemporary Studio Pilates (carried out in properly equipped studios with skilled instructors), Fletcher Pilates (integrating dance and movement with traditional techniques), Mat Pilates (still the most popular), Classical Pilates (sticking rigidly to the techniques of Joseph Pilates), Stott Pilates (for restoring the natural curvature of the spine), Powerhouse Pilates (stretching and strengthening muscles without adding bulk), Clinical Pilates (targeting a specific injury) and other less well known ones.

Several of these came into being due to the fact that Joseph Pilates never trademarked his methods and his numerous students and followers later went out and developed their own specific variants of Pilates, some became leaders in their field and include among them the likes of Jay Grimes, Romana Kryzanowska, Ron Fletcher (a Martha Graham dancer), Clara Pilates (Joseph's wife), Carola Treir (the 1st to open up her own Pilates studio), Robert Fitzgerald, Bruce King, Eve Gentry, Maja Wollman, Bob Seed, Lolita San Miguel, Mary Pilates (Joseph Pilates' neice), Mary Bowen, Kathy Grant and others, these became known as the "Pilates Elders".

The first contemporary book on Pilates was published in 1980 and was authored by Frank Philip Friedman and Gail Eisen, this publication sets out 6 key aspects of Pilates, concentration, precision, centre, control, breathing and flow and these 6 principles have been generally put into practice by today's Pilates instructors.

Pilates in the UK

Pilates Classes: The normal way by which to learn Pilates in the UK, is to attend Pilates classes, and these range from group lessons to one-to-one lessons. If you are a Pilates rookie, it may be better to stay clear of large classes in the beginning, in order for you to receive some focused instruction to familiarise you with the many exercise techniques. Huge group classes could get a bit confused, therefore learn exactly how many are likely to be attending before booking.

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Pilates is a gentle method of exercise which is conducted in a sitting or reclining position. Its aim is to train various groups of muscles while not adding bulk. It trains you to tune into your body making use of a sequence of easy, flowing movements to improve posture, balance and flexibility. So if you think this mode of exercise might be just the thing for you, get moving and enroll for some UK Pilates classes today.

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