What is Pilates?
Pilates is an exercise system devised by Joseph Pilates. Originally from Germany, he emigrated to America in the 1920s, working tirelessly, refining his method until the 1960s.
Movement patterns can become compromised for many reasons, including injury, illness, pregnancy and habit. Pilates works to restore natural posture, alignment and optimal joint range of movement and function.
The exercises are low impact, safe and tailored for ability level and based around six key principles of Joseph Pilates:
> Flowing Movement
Oncore Pilates uses the Body Control Pilates method of teaching and practice.
Body Control Pilates is renowned as a world-leading education provider for Pilates teaching with the education curriculum being internationally renowned. The membership body for Body Control Pilates teachers is the largest professional Pilates organisation outside the USA. Body Control Pilates offers a comprehensive programme of exercises. They are adapted from the ‘classical’ exercises developed by Joseph Pilates. In order for someone to work safely and effectively and to gain the full benefits of Pilates, these classical exercises are broken down to establish good movement skills thus building the best possible foundation upon which to progress towards the classical, more advanced work.
Body Control Pilates is remarkably effective – and medically-approved. It is holistic and based upon a well-constructed philosophical foundation.
By working on the deep architectural structure of the body, ‘core stability’ is achieved, and then maintained, through increasingly complex movement sequences.
Your body awareness is heightened by bringing together mind and body – Body Control Pilates literally teaches you to be in control of your body, allowing you to handle stress more effectively and achieve relaxation more easily.
The Body Control Pilates Method can work for everyone, regardless of fitness level. Exercises can be mat or machine-based, and can involve the use of lots of small equipment to add challenge or support.