Pilates is a holistic exercise system designed to elongate, strengthen and restore the body to balance.
Exercises involve the whole body and are performed on spring-assisted apparatus or a mat, sometimes utilising small equipment.
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 and retrain dysfunctional movement patterns, restoring optimum physical function.
The Pilates Foundation was founded in 1996 and is the only not-for-profit Pilates association in the UK. They aim to establish and maintain quality and excellence in Pilates teaching.
They promote the original works of Joseph and Clara Pilates, including honouring the original repertoire and principles, yet bring current knowledge and research to the teaching of the Pilates Method.
Their Members undergo extensive training with a Pilates Foundation Accredited Teacher Training Provider and pass a rigorous examination process (or meet standards set by our Professional Standards Committee) to gain membership into the organisation, and is the best place to find a class or pilates teacher.