Experience two forms of Pilates
Modern Pilates can be experienced in two forms; each offers different presentations and outcomes:
Studio Equipment – Based Sessions
- Designed for each individual, can adapt each session, all levels can work together
- Can be individual (private) or up to four participants with the one trainer (semi-private)
- Involving some matwork and specialized spring loaded resistance equipment
- Enabling each participant to achieve their particular physical goals and balance of body
- Small groups of up to 10 participants
- Classes grouped by Pilates training levels (Introductory through to Late Intermediate)
- Classes flow, working the entire body, using the entire body
- No impact on body, so perfect for a wide range of body types and conditions
- Working through a broad range of exercises on the floor including working with specialised small equipment
Pilates ITC Approach
From one form of Pilates has stemmed 2 primary schools: Contemporary Pilates and Classical Pilates. Pilates Canberra instructs with a contemporary approach called PilatesITC. This approach uses the repertoire of the original work of Joseph Pilates and underpins it with current scientific knowledge of the body and movement that we have today. For more information please see: www.pilatesitc.edu.au
Pilates Principles and Benefits
Pilates harnesses the body and the mind leaving the participant to feel ‘worked out’ and enlivened at the end of the session or class. People leave feeling physically extended but mentally rejuvenated.
Modern Pilates taught at Pilates Canberra embodies 6 original principles and two additional Pilates International principles:
Every Pilates movement emanates from the centre of the body between the sternum and pubic bone.
To access the centre Pilates uses a specific breathing pattern that also releases tension to make every movement more effective.
‘The complete inhalation and exhalation of air stimulates all muscles into greater activity’
Pilates movements require focused thought, direction and understanding.
‘Concentrate on the correct movements each time you exercise, lest you do them improperly and thus lose all the vital benefits of their value’
Every action is directed to ensure maximum efficiency of movement and energy and repeated a small number of times.
‘Do not sacrifice knowledge in the favor of speed’
In Pilates all muscles act with synergy when directed.
‘Good posture can only be successfully acquired when the entire mechanism of the body is under perfect control’
- Flowing Movement
Increased range of motion and strength in Pilates stems from smooth continuous movements.
An awareness of the body’s positioning throughout Pilates ensures a balance of the body and movement.
‘True flexibility can be achieved only when all muscles are uniformly developed’
Pilates—like any sport, art or passion requires dedicated and consistent practice.