“My method develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.”
Joseph H. Pilates (Your Health)
Who created the Pilates Method?
The Pilates Method was devised by Joseph Hubertus Pilates (1880-1967), a self-taught man with a fascination for the human body. The side-effects of childhood illnesses, led him on a journey of self-discovery, which improved his own health and fitness, and that of others.
Joseph was born in Germany, and was very much influenced by both Eastern and Western philosophies, which is very evident in his work. The consequences of the First World War gave Joseph the opportunity to put his ideas into practice and to successfully rehabilitate the injured.
He emigrated to the U.S.A. during the depression, setting up his own studio where he worked until his death.
The Pilates equipment used today was originally designed by Joseph Pilates and has since been refined.
What is Pilates?
- Pilates is a non-competitive conditioning method which co-ordinates the mind and body to promote balance, fitness and body awareness
- “We should recognize the mental functions of the mind and the physical limitations of the body so that complete coordination between them may be achieved.” Joseph H. Pilates, (Your Health)
- Pilates is best described as a concept rather than a repertoire of exercises to be performed with mindless repetitions
- Pilates is an ever evolving method
- Pilates acknowledges that muscles have a language all of their own, which are based on life’s physical and emotional experiences
Pilates is unique because it…
- Emphasises the power of your mind over your body
- Uses your breath to lead you into movement, then becoming an integral part of each movement
- Teaches the importance of relaxation
- Encourages you to become aware of the whole body all the time
What is the difference between pilates and yoga?
- pilates focuses on precision functional everyday movements and yoga is focused on set postures
- pilates is also designed to impove an individual person’s posture and alignment through specific manoeuvres and is regularly used as a therapeutic treatment for dancers, sportspeople and people recovering from injuries
Who can do Pilates?
Pilates is for anyone who wants to improve their body awareness, postural alignment and to be able to move about freely in all aspects of their daily lives….
Pilates is for
- Beginners with no experience
- Men, women, teenagers, children, the elderly
- Senior citizens and residents in aged care facilities
- Athletes, runners
- Those who suffer from stress
- Dancers/dance students
- Those who suffer from physical pain (back, neck, joint etc)
- People wanting to be toned and have lengthened muscles
- Personal trainers/fitness instructors
- School teachers
- Business and Professional People
- Performers and Artists
- Pregnant Women (pre- and post- natal)
- Anyone wishing to help prevent osteoporosis
- People who don’t like exercising
- At Shape & Form SF Pilates, we have observed the benefits of the Pilates method to those suffering the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinsons Disease
Many of our clients have decided that pilates is for life.
At SF Pilates in Surrey Hills Melbourne, our aim is to…
- Take you on a journey of self-discovery, to move with grace and ease and most importantly to feel at home in your own body (the closest thing to you!)
- Establishing efficient breathing patterns to relieve tension and improve the coordination of movement
- Strengthening core stability (deep abdominals/pelvic floor) to support the spine and improve posture/alignment
- Increasing joint and muscular flexibility simultaneously with strength and control
- Improving muscle tone and strength without increasing muscle bulk