May 22, 2019
We’ve all heard of Pilates in one way or another, however very few people know that the founder, Joseph Pilates was in fact a living, breathing (very deeply) man! Born in Germany in 1883 to Heinrich Friedrich Pilates, a metalworker and prize winning gymnast from Greece, and Helena Pilates, a naturopath whose belief in the body’s innate capability of healing itself undoubtedly his family lineage had an impression on the young son, Joseph. As a child Joseph suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever, and as a result he was small and quite underdeveloped for a child his age. This lead to him being teased and taunted by the larger children in the community. Resolving to take his future into his own hands he devised a training regimen for himself, applying techniques and philosophies from various different disciplines including bodybuilding, wrestling, yoga, gymnastics, and martial arts. With his already strong grasp of anatomy and biomechanics, the routine itself became a powerhouse for Joseph, and his body began to strengthen and surpass what was previously unthinkable in a historic time well before the modern age of gyms and bodybuilding! By the age of fourteen his body had reached such a pinnacle
May 20, 2019
As tiring as Pilates can be, it really is good for your body. Many people find Pilates tiring in a different way to the gym. While a gym session will generally leave you feeling sore and fatigued in one part of your body, a properly programmed Pilates session can leave you feeling like you have used your full body fatigue in some instances. This is due to the nature of Pilates and one of the main factors in how it differs from yoga. While yoga’s main focus is on flexibility, Pilates is specifically designed to work not only your core muscles but your specific stabiliser muscles as well. What are stabiliser muscles? Simply put these are muscles that stabilise a joint to protect against unnecessary or unwanted movement. Many people are familiar with the larger muscles such as Biceps Brachii (Biceps for short) while working their arms, however few people have heard of Supraspinatus and what it does to protect their shoulder joint. Supraspinatus holds your humerus (upper arm bone) in place and keeps your upper arm stable, additionally it helps to lift your arm and therefore this muscle is involved in many movements of the arms over the head.
March 8, 2019
How do I become a Pilates Instructor? The first step in becoming a Pilates instructor is to do a few classes/sessions in different studios in your local area. The reason for trying more than one studio is to see how other instructors teach, to see how classes are run, and to look at which style of Pilates you enjoy. There are many ‘styles’ of Pilates out there- from very Traditional / Classical approaches (exercises just like the founder, J. Pilates developed), Clinical Pilates (a term often used to describe looking more closely at the client’s form and physical conditions), Mat Pilates (where no large equipment is used- just mats and some smaller pieces of gear like balls or perhaps foam rollers/magic circles, etc.), Group Reformer (where the entire class does the same Reformer repertoire together- usually led by an instructor who may not be watching each person individually) and a whole new array of ‘hybrid’ styles that fuse other modalities (like Yoga or Ballet or Barre) with Pilates. Once you have tried a few different ‘styles’ of Pilates, you will probably start to see that not all instructors or studios work in the same way. We suggest that you ask the instructor(s)