Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates, when he developed a system of exercises which were intended to strengthen the human mind and body. Joseph Pilates believed that mental and physical health were interrelated

A number of versions of Pilates are taught today, and I teach using the methods taught by STOTT Pilates and are based on Five Basic Principles:

  1. Breathing
  2. Pelvic Placement
  3. Rib Cage Placement
  4. Scapular Movement and Stabilization
  5. Head and Neck Placement
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Can you do the Plank Challenge?

Pilates demands intense focus, the way that exercises are done is more important than the exercises themselves.

For practitioners to control their bodies, they must have a starting place: the center. The center is the focal point of the Pilates method. Many Pilates teachers refer to the group of muscles in the center of the body—encompassing the abdomen, lower and upper back, hips, buttocks, and inner thighs—as the “powerhouse”. All movement in Pilates should begin from the center and move outward to the limbs.

Using correct posture while doing Pilates exercises improves safety by correcting muscle imbalances and optimizing coordination

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Side Plank

Pilates courses available include:

• Mat work all levels

• Mat work with Props 

• Fitness Core/Flex Bands/Toning Balls

• Prenatal and Postnatal Mat work

• Mum and Baby class (up to crawling age)

• Group or Private classes available

To make an appointment, or enquire about classes, call Andrea O’Grady NMT, STOTT 0868285200

*Information sources, STOTT Pilates

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