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“If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at the age of 60 you are supple and strong then you are young.” Joseph Pilates


The above quote by Joseph Pilates, the father of Pilates, is very profound. It is true that if we allow our physical fitness and agility to decline, then we are allowing old age to come and claim us much sooner than it needs to. Another very true saying is 'Use it or lose it!'. If we allow our muscles to weaken and our bodies to become tight through inactivity, then we cannot be surprised if some time later they no longer function well.

Should we just accept that an aching back and stiff joints are part of getting older?

It doesn't help that modern living can mean we are too busy on the treadmill of life, rather than spending time looking after ourselves; we feel too stressed and under pressure to bother with exercise or 'me' time. This high speed lifestyle, coupled with long periods of sitting at a computer or driving, do nothing to alleviate these symptoms.We are often told that this is just a part of growing older and accept this as our fate. However it doesn’t have to be this way!

By practicing Pilates on a regular basis you can improve your strength, flexibility and mobility. By strengthening the body’s deep stabilising muscles, Pilates can correct muscle imbalances and improve posture. Pilates promotes and educates correct movement patterns helping prevent further problems in the future.

You will develop a stronger core, leaner muscles and a freedom of movement you had long since forgotten.

Pilates is suitable for a whole range of people from pregnant ladies to older adults; from complete beginners to professional athletes; from fit and healthy to rehabilitation after injury or illness. Most people can benefit from regular Pilates classes...........

Why not come along and find out what Pilates can do for you?

Pilates is a form of exercise created by Joseph Pilates (born in Germany in 1880) and was originally called 'Contrology'. Joseph Pilates believed that exercise was about working with both mind and body. Incorporating full and effective breathing into each exercise for maximum engagement of the deep stabilising muscles (core). Pilates first tried his exercise methods during the First World War where he was a nurse in a prisoner of war camp. He worked with war veterans including those who had been injured or had suffered loss of limbs. In the late 1920s, Pilates emigrated to the United States where he opened a studio with his wife, Clara working with dancers, gymnasts and athletes. 

The Pilates method taught at Cheshire Pilates is based on the principles of Modern Pilates  which is literally a 'modern approach' to Pilates. The principles are based on up-to-date research from the world of physiotherapy and other holistic forms of exercise. This principle is still based around the same 8 principles

  1. Relaxation
  2. Breathing
  3. Centring
  4. Alignment
  5. Control
  6. Concentration
  7. Precision
  8. Flow

Repetition is the mother of all skill, so long as there is skill in the repetition.” Sandie Keane 2005


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