What is Pilates
The Pilates Method represents a unique approach to exercise that develops body awareness, improving and changing the body's postural and alignment habits and increasing flexibility and ease of movement.
The core fundamentals of the method are based upon a thorough understanding of the anatomy of the human body. The Pilates Teacher uses this information to create a comprehensive exercise programme for each client with the aim of restoring a greater sense of balance. It is this holistic approach that sets the method apart from many other forms of exercise. Indeed, Osteopaths, physiotherapists and general practitioners are now recommending Pilates as one of the safest forms of exercise today.
Who and what is Pilates beneficial for:
- General fitness and body awareness
- Pregnancy: Pre and post natal
- Injury prevention
- Remedial and rehabilitation work
- technique improval for athletes and dancers
- The elderly
- For children from 12 years-old
Pilates also helps :
- Increase and create a balance between strength and flexibility
- Create an awareness of and strengthen dynamic stability
- Improve coordination
- Release stress
- Improve posture
Choosing a Pilates Teacher
Pilates has become more popular, so has the demand for Pilates teachers. However they will not all have had the same standard of training and will have differing levels of expertise, so ask some of the questions highlighted below, to make sure they are right for you. Some training organisations provide accreditation after only a weekend or short course. You will be able to find Pilates Teachers in health clubs, studios and privately. The Pilates method can be taught with apparatus (equipment) or without (matwork), in a group or privately depending on the client's needs and finances. Exercises should be done two to three times a week for at least a 60 minute session. While there are many good instructional videos on the market it is strongly recommended that everyone begin with a well-trained Pilates teacher. Even teachers need teachers!
Questions to ask you teacher
- Find out if the teacher has qualified with a Pilates organisation such as the Pilates Institute or Pilates Foundation;
- Does the teacher have a background in any other movement study?
- Have they taken a First Aid course?
- How long has the teacher been teaching Pilates?
- Has the instructor been trained to handle special needs?
If you have any injuries or special problems, don't forget to tell your teacher before you start class.
If you have any questions, please ask our expert, Michael King, founder and owner of the Pilates Institute, click here