This must be the question I get asked the most when I’m introducing Pilates as a concept to people who have never done it before. So I thought for this blog I would explain a little bit more about what Pilates is.
Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates - although it wasn’t called Pilates until after he died. He was inspired by Yoga, amongst other things, so there are elements of Pilates where you can see this influence. He was also inspired by martial arts and other forms of movement, and in essence Pilates is about teaching successful movement strategies. He worked rehabilitating soldiers and later training ballet dancers from his New York studio using equipment he designed to facilitate this.
Ok so that’s the history, what is Pilates now? You may have done Pilates in a gym before and think you have an idea of what it’s about. But coming to a dedicated studio with equipment, highly qualified teachers and small class numbers is a very different experience to the fitness style of Pilates gyms tend to offer.
I like to think of Pilates as almost a form of meditation. The ability to focus internally on what your body is doing is a form of being mindful and in the moment. So being able to meditate, be mindful and work on your strength, tone and posture has to be a majorly efficient workout right? And there’s a reason for that. Joseph was a big believer that health comes from not only your body but also your mind “Through Pilates this unique trinity of a balanced body, mind and spirit can be attained. Self confidence follows”