Pilates

jpilatesPilates is a philosophy of movement which is comprised of over 500 exercises. Pilates is named after the inspirational Joseph Pilates, who developed his own particular style of body conditioning from his background of yoga, ballet, martial arts, boxing and gymnastics. The aim of Pilates is to improve flexibility, strength, balance and body awareness.

Originally Pilates was designed to rehabilitate soldiers during the war. Post-war, Joseph introduced it to America where it’s primary purpose was to help injured athletes and dancers safely return to exercise while maintaining their fitness.

Since then, Pilates has been developed to suit people in the general community, thus allowing it to cater for everyone, from the beginner to the advanced, in a safe environment.

Joseph’s six principles of Pilates are; breath – centering – concentration – control – flow of movement – precision; and with each exercise these six principles are constantly in play, this is referred to as being the mind-body connection.

Using gravity and your own body weight to provide the resistance, we aim to condition and develop the deeper, supporting muscles of the body to improve posture, balance and coordination. From time to time we introduce aides such as therabands, circles, balls and rollers to challenge your workout and develop your practice.pilates with ring

Each Pilates session is 60 minutes and combines exercises and stretches, which are performed with attention to proper breathing techniques and abdominal muscle control. It is the quality of each movement that is important, not the number of repetitions or how energetically you can move.

To gain the maximum benefit of Pilates, you should do 2-3 classes a week. Postural improvements may be noticed after 10-20 sessions. Pilates is a slow, gradual process of retraining the body and mind which have accumulated many habits over time.

Meridian Stretching

Dmanungaerived from the works of Shitzuto Masunaga, Meridian Stretching is a series of exercises based on the pathways of energy in the body (Qi energy.)

The concept of these exercises is to focus on the sensation you get when the muscles are stretched and then using breathing techniques to feel it.

The goal of these stretches is to allow the life force energy to flow through your twelve meridians, by stretching them. Every movement harmonises the energy of two complementary meridians.

Garuda

In Indian mythology, the Garuda is a sacred mythical bird that changes shape according to its function. It’s a fitting name for our new exercise system, which is unique in its versatility, flexibility and precision of movement.

Garuda’s results are striking. Increased strength, flexibility, co-ordination and endurance, with a greater sense of ease and well-being. Garuda offers a cardiovascular workout while drawing deeply on mental focus, and teaching the sacred principle of relaxation within movement. The result is a stronger, leaner body, improved posture and true ease of movement and mind.

The routines and exercises are limitless and work every area of your body. The classes are designed to be challenging and fun. Since the syllabus is so broad in scope the routines range from beginner/elementary to advanced/professional.

All of the exercises are systematically devised to bring your mind back into exercise while making your body the leanest, strongest and most flexible it has ever been.