Pilates SW1 / Westminster, Central London
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a comprehensive fitness system where you work the body as a whole, from the deeper muscles to the most peripheral, involving both the mind and body. This technique is named after its creator, Joseph Pilates. The method works especially what is called the 'Powerhouse', consisting of the abdominals, the lower back and the buttocks. Strengthening these body parts develops power 'from the inside out' allowing improved movement throughout the rest of the body.
Pilates is a philosophy of training the body and mind together with the goal of achieving precise control of the body in a most healthy and efficient manner. Pilates seeks to achieve muscle balance by strengthening weak muscles whilst stretching shortened muscles. Thus, the method allows the practitioner to achieve harmony of body and mind and to develop their movements with grace and poise. Precision, breathing, concentration, control, alignment, consolidation and fluidity are also key concepts of the method.
Pilates achieves excellent muscle tone, improved benefits for the circulatory and lymphatic systems, correction of posture and a stylized figure in addition to skills such as attention to detail and discipline to those who practice it. Furthermore, it achieves a total mastery of motor skills and greater knowledge of one's body, which increases self-esteem and reinforces our ability to concentrate and control.
The discipline of Pilates fits in perfectly with our clinic ethos of improved health, movement and function for all; and we welcome this additional service to our Heath and Performance vision.