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Pilates Classes Oxford Oxfordshire: If you've been doing various sorts of exercise in Oxford, but have failed to realize the outcome that you were striving for, it may be time to try something totally different. One kind of exercise which you may think about trying out, if you've not previously done so, is Pilates, a regimen which aims to enhance mental awareness, flexibility, posture, core strength, physical strength, body condition and your sense of balance by the use of certain apparatus, from readily available mats to fairly sophisticated equipment.

What is Pilates?: Pilates was formulated by a physical trainer from Germany, named Joseph Pilates during the first half of the 20th Century, and was a system of exercising that he termed "Contrology". Pilates became very popular in the latter part of the 20th Century and is widely practiced all over the world, though most common in countries like the United States, Canada and Great Britain.

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Joseph Pilates introduced elaborate pieces of equipment for people to practice his routines, initially with just an ordinary mat (still most used nowadays) and moving on to apparatus that he named the Spine Corrector, the Cadillac, the High "Electric" Chair, the Wunda Chair, the Reformer, the Ladder Barrel and the Pedi-Pole.

Combined with the different kinds of equipment you will soon realise a correspondingly bewildering variety of Pilates methodologies offered in Oxford, each one with its particular instructors and followers. Numbered among the various types of Pilates styles are Classical Pilates (sticking rigidly to the methods of Joseph Pilates), Contemporary Studio Pilates (done in fully equipped studios with seasoned instructors), Clinical Pilates (aimed at a specific injury), Stott Pilates (aimed at restoring the natural shape of the spine), Fletcher Pilates (integrating movement and dance with traditional techniques), Mat Pilates (still the most popular), Reformer Pilates (which just uses "The Reformer"), Power Pilates (stretching and strengthening the muscles while not adding bulk) and other less popular ones.

Some of these came into being due to the fact that Joseph Pilates did not trademark his exercise program and his many students and followers eventually went out and created their own individual variants of Pilates, some later became frontrunners in their field and include the likes of Eve Gentry, Clara Pilates (Joseph's wife), Bruce King, Carola Treir (the first to open up her own Pilates studio), Ron Fletcher (a Martha Graham dancer), Mary Bowen, Kathy Grant, Mary Pilates (Joseph Pilates' neice), Robert Fitzgerald, Jay Grimes, Maja Wollman, Bob Seed, Romana Kryzanowska, Lolita San Miguel and others, these were later known as the "Pilates Elders".

The first contemporary book on Pilates was printed in nineteen eighty and authored by Gail Eisen and Frank Philip Friedman, this publication describes 6 key principles of Pilates, centre, control, concentration, precision, breathing and flow and these six principles have been for the most part implemented by present day Pilates instructors.

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Pilates Classes: The regular way by which to practice Pilates in Oxford, is to show up at Pilates classes, and these range from one to one classes to fairly large groups. If you're a newbie at Pilates, it might be advisable to stay clear of large classes at the start, so as to have some concentrated coaching to get you familiar with the relevant workout routines. Big group sessions can get a little puzzling, so discover precisely how many people are expected to be taking part before booking.

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Pilates is a mostly low impact type of exercise that's done in a sitting or reclining position. Its goal is to train various muscles while not adding bulk. It trains you to tune into your body applying a sequence of flowing, smooth movements to improve flexibility, posture and balance. So if you feel this type of exercise may be just right for you, get going and enroll for some Oxford Pilates classes today.

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