The Classical Pilates Method
Classical Pilates is a movement system designed to develop a balanced body, core strength, endurance, stamina and flexibility. Rather than using an isolated set of muscles, Classical Pilates engages the entire body in a full range of motion with power originating from the core muscles. Through increase body awareness posture improves, movement becomes more graceful and participants develop stronger, longer and leaner bodies.
Isle Dance Classical Pilates classes, taught by Kirstie Anderson, will be mat based, last 55 minutes and take participants through a series of floor exercises before ending with 10 minutes of work with Pilates accessories to back up the exercises previously completed. Each exercise can be modified to meet individual's needs so that the exercises are accessible to everyone.
Core strength is at the heart of Classical Pilates - by training the deep internal muscles of the abdomen and back to work to their full potential, stability throughout the torso is improved and pressure on the back is relieved (many people find Pilates helps with generic back pain) - the trunk is stabilised and the body is able to move freely and efficiently.
History of Pilates
Although Pilates has become a buzz word in fitness over the past 10 years, Joseph Pilates first started using his method in the 1920s. It was originally used as a rehabilitation program for prisoners of war and was later found to be of great benefit to anyone seeking a higher level of fitness - in particular he did a huge amount of work with dancers but it is great for all athletes, helping them develop control of their body and ultimately improving their sporting performance.