A system of core stability exercises originally developed by Joseph Pilates in 1928, which has evolved over time and become extremely popular in the last ten years.

If practised on a regular basis, pilates can improve flexibility, build strength and develop control and endurance in the entire body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance.

Pilates is effective as it addresses underlying structural imbalances in the body which can create on-going pain and difficulty with movement. The whole body is considered. Lengthened and strengthened muscles improve posture and overall fitness. Pilates helps to re-train dysfunctional movement patterns and restore optimum physical function.

Pilates exercises can be tailored to your specific weaknesses. There are two main types of muscles in the body, stabilisers and mobiisers. Mobilisers are fast acting, powerful, often large muscles such as the pectoral muscles and quadriceps. Stabilisers are smaller, deeper muscles that work continuously to maintain optimal alignment and posture, such as the pelvic floor and scapular muscles. In order for our body to function optimally, we require a synergy between the mobiliser and stabiliser muscles. Too often, people focus on building up their power muscles without adequate attention to the stabilizer “core” muscles. This causes muscle imbalance which can predispose to injury, particularly of the back, pelvis and shoulder girdle.

Gina has experience of teaching Pilates-based exercises both individually and in group settings and would be happy to give one to one instruction.