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What is Pilates?

What Is Pilates?

Pilates exercises combine strengthening with relaxation; the exercises reduce the load on your spine and joints by correcting muscular imbalances due to bad posture or misuse of muscles simultaneously alleviating tension.

Core strength is the foundation of Pilates - the core muscles being the deep, internal muscles of the pelvis, abdomen and back. When the core muscles are strong and functioning correctly they work in tandem with the superficial muscles of the trunk to support the spine during movement.

As core strength is developed stability is achieved throughout the entire torso which is one of the ways Pilates helps people overcome back pain; because the torso is properly stabilised pressure on the back is relieved thus allowing the body to move more freely and efficiently.

About Body Control Pilates

  • The Body Control Pilates method takes the Pilates principles and breaks them down further focusing on sequential/elongated spinal movements therefore great for rehabilitation purposes.
  • The teacher training course is the most comprehensive of its kind both in the UK and internationally.
  • Body Control sets the International benchmark for offering extremely high quality safe and effective Pilates classes.
  • Instructors must adhere to a code of practice which entails continuing their education, knowledge and skills in order to remain a member of the Body Control Pilates Association.
  • Clients therefore reap the benefits by always receiving up to date techniques, classes and care as the Instructor has to periodically retrain every year.
  • Body Control is leading the way to a new Level 4 Pilates qualification (more on this shortly).