Pilates is exercise. We focus on balancing the body through a series of corrective exercises developed by Joseph Pilates in the early to mid 20th century. He called his technique "Contrology", but these days it is more frequently called Pilates or The Pilates Method. Joseph used body weight and equipment to exercise.
Pilates exercises teach awareness, in particular awareness of the alignment of the skeleton. The exercises have a particular focus on the spine and aid in strengthening the deep postural muscles that support good alignment. The result is to build stability, strength and mobility.
Matwork Pilates uses the individuals own body as the resistance or weight to challenge the body. The mat exercises are designed to be progressed gradually. The technique of each exercise is very specific and when performed correctly will improve posture, restore good alignment and create good movement patterns.
Studio Pilates uses machines originally developed by Joseph Pilates to challenge the body and to help with movement. The equipment repertoire allows each client to achieve their goals safely and efficiently.
Clinical Pilates is a series of specific exercise modifications based on Joesph Pilates original work combined with the latest knowledge and medical evidenced. Clinical Pilates is great for rehabilitation as it focus is on the deep abdominal muscles are weakened following an episode of back pain, resulting in reduced support to the spine and altered postural alignment. This weakness creates a potential for further injury and recurrent back pain. It suits anyone seeking rehabilitation or elite athlete looking to address specific requirements.
Pregnancy - trengthening the deep abdominal/ pelvic floor complex, in association with postural and breathing techniques, forms a vital part of pre and post natal management.
The GYROTONIC® methodology, created by Juliu Horvath, is an amazing therapeutic body conditioning system. It allows users to increase range of motion, coordination, muscular length and strength while simultaneously stimulating and strengthening connective tissues in and around the joints and the body. The motion patterns are natural, graceful and circular, creating a bridge between contraction and expansion. These exercises are synchronized with corresponding breathing patterns, thus enhancing aerobic and cardiovascular stimulation and promoting neuro-muscular rejuvenation.
This revolutionary technique is constantly being refined and requires constant updating of skills for teachers to retain membership of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®
What is the difference between Pilates and GYROTONIC® methodology?
Pilates focuses on correcting postural and muscular imbalances specific to the needs of individual clients. GYROTONIC® exercises are designed to work the body as a whole. Using spiral, multidirectional movements to increase flexibility and strength.
GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® are registered trademarks of Gyrotonic Sales Corp. Miami Beach, FL. U.S.A., and are used with their permission. GYROTONER® is a trademark of Gyrotonic Sales Corp.
Who will benefit from GYROTONIC® exercises?
GYROTONIC® exercises are used in all walks of life from dancers, gymnasts, sports people, men and woman, pre and post natal, children to senior citizens, those who want to focus on rehabilitation and those who are looking for social interaction.