Pilates Reading Berkshire

Pilates Classes Reading Berkshire: If you have been trying out various kinds of exercise in Reading, but have not achieved the outcome which you were striving for, maybe it is high time to try something completely different. One form of exercise which you may look at trying out, if you have not previously done, is Pilates, a regimen that was formulated to increase flexibility, body condition, physical strength, posture, body awareness, core strength and stability by the use of special apparatus, from simple mats to quite complex equipment.

What is Pilates?: Pilates was developed by a physical trainer from Germany, named Joseph Pilates during the early Twentieth Century, and was a system of exercising that he called "Contrology". Pilates became very popular at the end of the Twentieth Century and is widely practiced throughout the world, though is more widespread in countries such as Canada, Great Britain and the United States.

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Joseph Pilates created particular pieces of equipment for students to practice his exercise techniques, in the first instance with just a basic mat (still the most popular at present) and progressing to apparatus that he named the Reformer, the Wunda Chair, the High "Electric" Chair, the Spine Corrector, the Ladder Barrel, the Cadillac and the Pedi-Pole.

Together with the various types of apparatus you will find there are an equally mystifying variety of Pilates methodologies on offer in Reading, each with its own instructors and followers. Amongst the various kinds of Pilates styles are Powerhouse Pilates (stretching and strengthening the muscles without adding bulk), Clinical Pilates (directed at a specific injury), Stott Pilates (aimed at restoring the natural shape of the spine), Group Reformer Pilates (using only "The Reformer"), Classical Pilates (sticking closely to the methods of Joseph Pilates), Contemporary Studio Pilates (carried out in properly equipped studios with skillful instructors), Fletcher Pilates (incorporating dance and movement with traditional exercises), Mat Pilates (still the most popular) and other more obscure ones.

Many of these were developed because Joseph Pilates decided not to trademark his techniques and his many students and followers subsequently went out and put together their own versions of Pilates, some went on to become leaders in their field and include the likes of Eve Gentry, Romana Kryzanowska, Bob Seed, Mary Bowen, Lolita San Miguel, Jay Grimes, Kathy Grant, Mary Pilates (the niece of Joseph Pilates), Maja Wollman, Bruce King, Carola Treir (the first to open her own Pilates studio), Robert Fitzgerald, Ron Fletcher (a Martha Graham dancer), Clara Pilates (the wife of Joseph) and others, these were later known as the "Pilates Elders".

The first modern book about Pilates was published the early 1980's and penned by Frank Philip Friedman and Gail Eisen, this publication outlines six primary aspects of Pilates, concentration, breathing, centre, control, precision and flow and these 6 principles have been generally adopted by present day Pilates instructors.

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Pilates Classes: The usual way to learn about Pilates in Reading, is to attend Pilates classes, which can range from group lessons to personal one-to-one lessons. If you're a Pilates newbie, it might be preferable to keep clear of huge classes at the start, to enable you to have some focused instruction to get you familiar with the many exercise techniques. Large group classes can get somewhat confused, therefore find out precisely how many are expected to be attending prior to booking.

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Pilates is a gentle form of exercise that is carried out in a reclining or sitting position. It aims to train several muscle groups while not adding bulk. It helps you to tune into your body using a bunch of flowing, easy movements to improve balance, flexibility and posture. So if you think this type of exercise routine may be just the thing for you, go ahead and enroll for some Reading Pilates classes today.

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