“If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If your spine is flexible at 60, you are young.” – Joseph Pilates
Developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1920’s, Pilates is a body-conditioning programme which strengthens and tones, increases flexibility, develops correct body alignment, and improves balance and co-ordination. Proper breathing techniques are emphasized, as Joseph Pilates believed that it is the breath that initiates movement.
To acquire the natural rhythm and co-ordination that your body is capable of, dedication, patience and correct body alignment are essential. If you persist, Pilates will re-pattern how you sit, stand and walk, and can change the way your body feels, moves and looks. You will end up with a strong, lean body able to resist injury with grace and agility.
Pilates practice has developed and evolved over recent decades, but still embraces the fundamentals developed by Joseph Pilates more than 90 years ago.
This is a journey. Over time, bad habits can be reprogrammed, but it takes patience and commitment to allow the mind-body connections to change and re-pattern.
Pilates is for anyone and everyone.
Gayle, who comes from a dance background, is a certified Body Control Pilates® Teacher and Supervising Teacher for BCPSA.