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Mat Pilates

Pilates (pronounced puh-lah-teez) is a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. 

Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates from Germany during the first half of the twentieth century, Pilates developed a system of exercises to strengthen the human mind and body, believing in a strong connection between physical and mental health.

In the 1920’s Joseph Pilates invented an apparatus, which could both address physical dysfunction or injury as well as condition the body. This apparatus was the prototype for what we now know as the the Universal Reformer.

During the 1930 & 40’s Joseph Pilates developed his signature mat exercises for professional dancers, which is the basis for Mat Pilates.

What to expect:

Mat Pilates is a low-impact workout which is generally performed on the floor using your body weight as the main resistance, using gravity to stabilise your core muscles that will strengthen these core muscles as well as build muscular endurance.

Props such as chi balls, bands and rollers are sometimes used to enhance the practice. 


Suitable for those who:

    • Are looking for a low-impact, high efficacy work out
    • Are wanting to be able to modify the type of exercise to decrease or increase the level of challenge to best suit their needs and abilities
    • Are beginners or advanced students of Pilates

Benefits include:

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