KEVIN JONES YOGA & PILATES | ABOUT PILATES

Joseph Pilates created an exercise & body conditioning technique in the early 20th Century which he named 'Contrology'. It is this technique that evolved to become the modern interpretation of The Pilates Method.

Pilates is a set of low-impact exercises performed in standing, seated & lying positions. The principles that guide the method include a concentration on precise, flowing movements & a steady, controlled breath.

Pilates works on the deep core & stabilising muscles of the body (pelvic, abdominal, back & shoulder muscles) in a challenging yet safe way to:

  • tone & condition the whole body

  • identify postural imbalances & improve posture

  • strengthen abdominal, back & shoulder muscles

  • ease lower back pain

  • enhance functional mobility 

  • increase flexibility

  • improve balance & coordination

  • heighten body awareness

  • reduce the risk of injury

  • improve sports performance

  • alleviate body ailments

  • strengthen the immune system

  • reduce stress

  • relax & unwind

  • create a healthier, fitter and more functional body.

Pilates classes are non-competitive & suitable for any age or fitness ability. Each exercise is performed in a slow & controlled manner. Exercises can be adapted to suit individual health needs & injuries.

To achieve optimal all-round fitness & health, whatever your fitness goals, Pilates is a great compliment to yoga as well as other aerobic & resistance training that you should include in your weekly schedule. Like any form of exercise, regular attendance is paramount to gaining most benefit from it.

 

In some respects, Pilates conditioning is like the physical aspects of Yoga (asana/postures). Both are considered holistic disciplines that engage the mind & body integrated with the breath; both emphasise deep breathing and smooth, long movements that encourage your muscles to relax & lengthen. Both methods can build strength & improve flexibility.

 

While Yoga asana can often require moving from one static posture to the next without repetition, Pilates involves "flowing" through a series of repetitive movements that are dynamic, systematic & anatomically based.

A matwork Pilates class is usually 60 minutes long.