Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1880’s in Germany. It is a body conditioning routine that focuses on the co-ordination of mind, body and spirit to develop a strong core. This is achieved by emphasising spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing and improving co-ordination and balance.


Pilates developed his system by taking principles from Yoga, Martial Arts, Boxing and Weight Lifting and selecting the best of these to improve the body.

It uses a holistic approach to develop the complete co-ordination of mind, body and spirit. The Pilates philosophy is that control of the mind is required for control of the body.
It is about quality not quantity or load of movements – using the correct muscles at the correct time to produce real results in suppleness, muscular power, endurance and good posture; it is through this that Pilates can help to alleviate pain.

Improve the co-ordination of your mind, body & spirit

Produce suppleness and flexibility

Improve your balance and core control

Encourage greater kinaesthetic awareness

Increase your muscular power and endurance

Aide good posture, thereby helping to alleviate pain

Promotes a stronger pelvic floor

Improve the efficiency of your respiratory and circulatory systems

Encourage a stronger immune system

Breathing – laterally (into the back and lower ribs), ensures optimum engagement of muscles

Concentration – for efficient and quality movements

Control – the correct muscles are used at the right time for perfect movements

Centring – the core is the powerhouse of the body, all exercises start here and flow out to the limbs

Precision – attention to detail, recruit the right muscles at the right time

Flow – all exercises should be performed with fluidity and grace

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For Yoga & Pilates classes and instruction in Preston, Leyland and Chorley,
please contact Mikala Tolley on 07843 494680 or click here.