Over the last few years “Pilates” has become a familiar household term. But what is it and why might it benefit you? Sometimes we aren’t aware of the way in which we move. We can get from A to B on ‘auto-pilot’ and be left wondering how we managed to get somewhere without any recollection of the journey. This movement gives no awareness to our bodies and how we move. We may only notice if we experience pain or altered movement patterns. Pilates is a form of ‘mindful movement’. It aims to draw your attention to how you are moving your body; noticing areas that may be weaker, tighter or stronger.
The Pilates method is based on flowing movement, aiming to improve movement patterns and developing a sense of wellbeing and awareness of one’s own body. Pilates is an excellent form of physical activity and is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. It is something that can be done individually or as part of a group at varying levels and paces. It can be particularly beneficial for those with back pain, sports injuries, arthritis and stress-related illness, as well as during and after pregnancy.