About Pilates

Pilates is a holistic exercise system designed to elongate, strengthen and restore the body to balance.  Pilates has been developed and practiced since the 1920s when Joseph Pilates and his wife, Clara  taught their body conditioning method called “Contrology” in New York.  It’s now widely acknowledged that Joe was ahead of his times in developing the Pilates methods both on the mat and equipment.  Joe truly believed his method was vital to a healthy body, he’s quoted in 1965 at the age of 86 as saying:

“I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.”

While Joe died in 1967 development of the Pilates method has continued and his approach to total well-being and principles of breath, concentration, centre, control, precision and flow remain at the heart of the method.

There are many and varied benefits from Pilates, including but not limited to:

  • improving posture;
  • balance and co-ordination;
  • relieving stress, tension and improving overall wellbeing; and
  • alleviating aches and pains.

This means Pilates can be beneficial to a wide range of people and situations and the ability to focus on areas of the body in isolation means that each session can, and at A Balanced Life always will, be tailored to meet your needs.



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