Pilates is designed to improve your core strength and balances the muscles around the joints, improving the way your body functions, looks and feels. The founder of Pilates, Joseph Pilates (born 1880 in Germany) suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever and managed to overcome his physical limitations by developing his own program of exercise and bodybuilding.
Pilates is an exercise technique that involves the integration of mind and body. It can invigorate the body and give you a feeling of well being. “Pilates develops the body uniformly, correct wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit” (Joseph Pilates 1880-1967).
By the early 1960s, Joseph Pilates style of exercise, termed “Pilates” was becoming widely popular. Very few still practice Pilates in its original form, with most instructors and rehabilitation specialists using modified versions of the original method.
Life & More practices the Polestar Mat Pilates method, which was founded in 1992, and has evolved and been refined with the latest research in biomechanics, motor learning, bioenergetics and communication advancements. This has made a safer and more effective environment to practice in.
To gain maximum benefit and instructor attention from a Pilates mat class, the group size is limited to six participants. This ensures results are achieved quickly, in a safe, controlled and sustainable manner. Participants will be required to complete a brief Health & Fitness Questionnaire before starting the class. This assessment allows Life & More to modify/tailor the Pilates session to the needs of each participant so that maximum benefit is gained from the class.