What is Pilates?
Pilates is a body conditioning method that targets the deep postural muscles. It works by building strength from the inside out, rebalancing the body and bringing it into correct alignment. Pilates helps to reshape your body, which will become longer, leaner and more toned. It will improve your posture, achieving the perfect balance between strength and flexibility, and it is a great way to relieve unwanted stress and tension. Pilates differs from yoga in that it focuses purely on the physical body, using very precise, controlled, repetitive actions to realign and re-educate the body, whereas yoga includes mental and spiritual elements along with the physical work for the body.
What Can Pilates Do for You?
Strengthen your core muscles
Improve your posture
Increase your spine & joint mobility
Reduce your chance of injuries
Become stronger, leaner & more toned
Relax & de-stress
Who can do Pilates?
Pilates is an exercise discipline that can be used by people of all ages and all fitness abilities, from elite athletes to those with more limited mobility. Most people can practice Pilates safely and effectively and in fact Pilates can be very effective in assisting minor back complaints and postural problems. Pilates moves can be modified to suit some injuries or conditions. However, there may be some conditions that require a special programme and might benefit from some one-to-one tuition. It might be helpful for you to know that the age of people attending Pilates classes taught by our instructors is mid 20s to mid 80s - there is no age limit! If you are in any doubt please get in touch.
About the instructor
Pilates classes, small group and one-to one sessions at Core are taught by Jennifer Ainslie who qualified as a Pilates instructor through the Pilates Institute in London in May 2005. A back injury prompted her interest in Pilates in 2002 and from there she was hooked! Jenny brings a wealth of experience to her classes and the focus of her teaching is ensuring clients have a sound understanding of the underlying principles of Pilates that then allow them to get the full benefit from the technique. She specialises in core muscle re-education.