Pilates at Kinesis
Kinesis offers both individual and small group Pilates matwork classes as well as one-to-one reformer sessions. Small classes mean that clients receive the attention they need to ensure they are performing the exercises safely and effectively.
Anyone who would like to enrol in a matwork class must first attend a one-to-one session. This will give you a clear understanding of the Pilates principles and technique and help you to get the most out of your classes. Individual sessions provide your teacher with the opportunity to assess your posture and any injuries or health issues you may have, as well as discuss your health and fitness goals.
You can choose to carry on with one-to-one sessions, which are particularly useful if you are new to Pilates, haven’t exercised for a while or have an injury. Alternatively you may join one of the scheduled classes.
In addition, we offer one-to-one reformer and cadillac sessions. The reformer is an versatile piece of equipment that consists of a moving platform attached to a frame by a set of adjustable springs. There is also a tower attachment which enables clients to perform 95 per cent of the exercises traditionally performed on the cadillac.
The springs on both the reformer and cadillac offer resistance which can either increase the challenge of an exercise or provide support. Exercises can be performed in a variety of positions – standing, sitting, lying, kneeling – and can be adapted for all abilities. For those already familiar with the matwork repertoire, the reformer and cadillac will complement your existing classes, deepen your understanding of the Pilates method and add a new dimension to your practice.
To find out more about the reformer click here http://www.kinesisfitness.co.uk/reform-your-body-with-pilates/ and here for more information about the cadillac.
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What is Pilates?
Pilates is a highly effective form of exercise. It develops overall health by strengthening deep postural muscles, aligning joints, creating strength and flexibility and improving breathing. Movements are controlled and precise with a focus on quality rather than dozens of repetitions.
Exercises can be be performed on the mat or specialised equipment such as the reformer or cadillac and are suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. Pilates will help you to create a strong and flexible body, free from pain and ready to face the physical challenges of everyday life.
History of Pilates
The Pilates method was created in the early 20th century by a remarkable man named Joseph Pilates. Growing up in Germany in the 1880s, he suffered from a number of childhood illnesses, including rickets, rheumatic fever and asthma. Determined to overcome his health problems, he undertook a wide range of physical activities including boxing, yoga, gymnastics and bodybuilding, eventually drawing these influences together to create a series of matwork exercise called Contrology. He later invented a range of apparatus which enabled him to further develop and refine his method.
Pilates established a studio in New York in the 1920s where he worked primarily with dancers including Martha Graham and George Balanchine, who turned to his method as a means of treating or preventing injuries. By the time of his death in 1967, the first generation of teachers trained by Pilates had begun to introduce his method to a wider audience.
Today Pilates is a mainstream form of exercise and there are many different schools of Pilates, each one with its own teaching methodology and interpretation of Joseph Pilates’ original exercises and philosophy.