'Contrology (Pilates) develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.' Joseph Pilates

At BodyNatured we believe that movement is a fundamental part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Our Pilates classes offer a full body workout and teach greater bodily awareness, correct breathing techniques and core engagement based on Pilates principles. We aim, not only to help you improve your posture, balance and strength but to emphasise the conscious element of the movement and the link between mind and body.

Our group classes are small so that we are able to closely observe and ensure that the right techniques are applied ensuring that maximum benefit is achieved from each exercise. Our 1-2-1 sessions are designed around your individual needs with personal attention from an instructor helping you achieve your goals.

We cater for all ages and mixed abilities, from complete beginners who may be starting out on an exercise programme, to those recovering from injury, right through to sports people looking to complement their training programme and improve athletic performance.

Classes

Group Classes - Mat and Studio Equipment (Reformer, Cadillac, etc)

  • Groups of up to 8 people maximum
  • 1 hour in duration
  • Mats and equipment provided

Individual Sessions

  • One-on-one session
  • 1 hour in duration
  • Full postural assessment
  • Progressive Exercise Plan based on fitness/health goals

Please refer to our Fees page for pricing.

What do I wear?

You will need to wear comfortable clothing that enables ease of movement but that is not too loose, so that we can still easily assess your posture and form throughout the exercises. You can wear socks or bare feet. All exercises will be performed on cushioned mats and any equipment will be provided for you.

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a system of physical and mental conditioning that can enhance your physical strength, flexibility and coordination as well as reduce stress, improve mental focus, and foster an improved sense of wellbeing.

Mat Pilates is done on the floor using an exercise mat. It involves controlled breathing during body weight resisted movement to build core strength. Over the years, Mat Pilates exercise has evolved to include small pieces of equipment such as resistance rings, balls and bands.

Pilates is based on certain principles – breath, concentration, centring, control, precision and flow – and these should be present throughout all practice of Pilates in order to for the exercises to be most effective.

How can Pilates help me?

Pilates can provide a wealth of physical, mental and spiritual benefits. These benefits may include but are not limited to:

  • Improved posture
  • Improved balance
  • Greater core strength / stability
  • Greater joint mobility
  • Improved flexibility
  • Reduced risk of injury
  • Increased muscular strength, endurance and tone
  • Helps with daily movement and sports performance
  • Reduced stress levels

Where does Pilates originate from?

The Pilates Method was initially developed by Joseph Pilates, in the 1920's. As a child, Pilates suffered from rickets, rheumatic fever and asthma. In the face of all odds, Pilates focused on getting his body strong and into peak condition by devoting himself to studying various forms of exercise like yoga, martial arts, weightlifting and boxing. During the first world war, working as a nurse in England, he used his knowledge and experience to develop a number of strengthening and conditioning exercises for the hospital patients to help them recover. These exercises focused on building strength, flexibility and endurance.
Later Pilates moved to America and it was here that his Pilates techniques, known then as Contrology, were taken up by some prominent dancing schools in order to assist dancers recover from injury. He continued to develop and further the technique here. In 1945, Pilates published his only book, Return to Life through Contrology. The focus of his method was that 'control of the mind is necessary for control of the body' and the exercises focus on developing the complete coordination of mind, body and spirit 'to promote suppleness, muscular power, endurance and posture' and thus alleviating symptoms of pain.

What should I look for in a practitioner?

It is important to choose a qualified Pilates Instructor who has undertaken all the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of Pilates including Anatomy and Physiology and First Aid qualifications.

The REPs logo indicates that the practitioner holds recognised and approved qualifications that meet the health and industry's agreed National Occupational Standards and are competent in their role. It also means that the practitioner undergoes ongoing professional development and is legally covered to practice by appropriate insurance.

The Health and Fitness Education Endorsement indicates that the practitioner is an endorsed Pilates instructor by the Health and Fitness Education national training institute.
 

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