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What is Pilates

A mind-body technique designed to emphasise the importance of beginning movement from a central ‘core’ of stability. Pilates exercises stretch, strengthen and balance the body, targeting the deep postural muscles through a series of exercises focusing on building muscle strength and re-balancing the body.

Initially developed as a rehabilitation tool, the technique was created by German-born Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s and incorporates elements of yoga, martial arts and Western forms of exercise. He believed that poor posture goes hand in hand with poor health.

In 1912 he was interned as a prisoner of war when World War I began. During this time he worked within hospitals utilising his method to successfully rehabilitate the wounded. After the war he then emigrated to the USA where he set up a studio attracting professional dancers, actors, gymnasts and athletes who were seeking to learn his technique.

Pilates has steadily grown in popularity around the world, and includes celebrity fans such as Hugh Grant, Cameron Diaz, David Beckham, Kate Winslet, Andy Murray and Jennifer Aniston.