What is Pilates?
Pilates is a mindbody exercise system developed in the 1900s by Joseph Pilates, a renowned physical trainer. It is a system of exercises using special apparatus, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture, and enhance mental awareness.
Incorporating the 5 basic principles of Pilates: Breathe, Pelvic placement, rib cage placement, scapular movement and stabilization, cervical and neck placement, he created a series of exercises across a wide range of equipment, using system of cables and trolleys, to be used for fitness and rehabilitation. Pilates provides immense benefits such as increasing strength, flexibility and control of the body. It also builds endurance and coordination in the legs, abdominals, arms and back.
Pilates equipment comprises of the mat, reformer, cadillac, chair and barrels as well as small props. With its system of pulleys and springs, handles and straps, the apparatus can provide either resistance or support, depending on your needs. The same exercises done on different apparatus will benefit different body types and work different muscle groups.
Benefits of Pilates
Pilates was designed initially to help people recover from injuries. While many people do use it after an injury, doing pilates regularly will also help to prevent injuries.
It also improves:
- Spinal mobility
- muscular endurance
- body awareness
- Lower back pain
- Bone density
- Core strength
As you correct your alignment or posture, you’ll find you put less pressure on sensitive joints such as knees and hips, for example. You’re also less likely to suffer a strain or injury. With a straighter back, a tighter tummy and better overall muscle tone, you’ll look leaner and taller. What’s more, because pilates doesn’t focus on just one part of your body, you’ll see changes all over.
Rather than utilising static, ie unmoving, stretches, pilates focuses on movements while stretching. This means the muscles are warm as you stretch, allowing you to stretch farther with less pain. The more flexible you are, the less muscle tension you’ll endure. You’ll also enjoy better blood circulation as the blood can flow more freely around a body that isn’t stiff or stuck in one position most of the time.
Pain and bad posture can add to your stress levels and not only does pilates help alleviate those problems, it also works to calm you. As Pilates focuses on breathing, you become mindful of your breath, of your body and muscles. You’ll enjoy better sleep once you start doing regular pilates, partly because it is calming but also because your body isn’t full of physical or psychological tension.
How is Pilates different from Yoga?
Both help to build strength, coordination and balance and are meant to be healthy for the body and mind.
Yoga is based on the Eastern idea of moving energy through the body, and is also a holistic spiritual discipline with meditation. In Yoga, several movements are performed on an exercise mat and the weight of the body is used as a resistance for the exercise.
Pilates focuses on physical conditioning, and was developed as a way to REHABILITATE injured soldiers after World War 1 using a unique systems of cables and trolleys to stretch and strengthen the body. In addition to mat work, there can be different exercise machines involved in Pilates. Pilates works out the entire body in addition to the mind. The focus is on the core of the body so the rest can freely move and this makes your body stronger both on the inside and out. The balance is meant to be present between flexibility and strength and this results in stronger and leaner muscles.
Can Pilates help me lose weight?
Pilates benefits the body by strengthening, toning and building muscle mass. The increase in muscle mass causes a corresponding increase in metabolic rate, which can aid weight loss (along with cardio supplementation).
Stronger, healthier muscles, will also metabolize fat much more effectively than weak, untrained muscles. Pilates can be a positive addition to an overall weight-loss program. Combining Pilates with aerobic exercise also offers additional benefits: greater mind-body connection, improved posture, flexibility and functionality.
How big are the classes?
To ensure everyone gets the attention they deserve, we like to keep our classes small, from individual classes to groups of four.The adaptability of the Pilates method to different levels of fitness and body types has made Pilates an accessible and effective fitness choice for both men and women.
How old can my baby be for the mums & bubs class?
You can start as soon as your OBGYN has certified you fit for physical activity, which is about 6 weeks after normal delivery and 12 weeks after cesarean. As the equipments are elevated, the class will be best if your bub is still a non-crawler!
When can I join the preggie bellies class?
If you have been doing Pilates before pregnancy, you’re welcome to join our preggie bellies class even during your first trimester! However, if you are looking to keep fit during your pregnancy and have never done Pilates before, we would strongly recommend you to start only on your second trimester and you can continue all the way up to delivery.
What is GYROTONIC®?
GYROTONIC® is a training method based in principles of yoga, dance, tai chi, and swimming. there’s an emphasis on rotation and spiraling movement. You use handles and pulleys to enable sweeping, arching movements, and there’s a fluid quality that goes hand in hand with your breathing GYROTONIC® training seeks to stimulate the cardiovascular, skeletal, and muscular systems of the body, using circular, fluid workouts.
What is TRX?
TRX is suspension training that uses your body weight for resistance. Suspension bands are hung from the ceiling, allowing a 360 degree rotation to target all muscle groups and challenge stability and balance.
What is AntiGravity®?
AntiGravity® Fitness fuses the benefits of traditional yoga and aerial acrobatics for a unique full-body workout. Using a hammock, you will experience zero compression inversions, allowing you to work your muscles without placing unnecessary pressure on the spine and joints.
Do you have group classes for GYROTONIC®, TRX and AntiGravity®?
We currently only offer private GYROTONIC®, TRX and AntiGravity® sessions.
How do I know which class to join?
We recommend that all clients with no prior experience in Pilates do a few private sessions first for us to get to know you as well as to conduct a biomechanical assessment of you. Thereafter, we will be able to advise you which class will suit you best! If you have done classes before, do give us a call and let us know your experience level and areas you need help with and we’ll be able to recommend one.
- Class bookings may be made online. You MUST have an existing valid class pass to book a CLASS ONLINE . Alternatively, you can give us a call or drop us an email. If this is your first visit to Breathe, you will need to call or email us.
- We have made it really easy for you to book your classes via our ONLINE BOOKING system and our class booking apps on your mobile devices – iPhone, iPad and Android.
- ONLINE BOOKING closes 24 hours before the class starts. If you are feeling spontaneous and like to swing by for a class at the eleventh hour, please give us a call to check on the class availability before making your way to the studio.
- For private session bookings, please call or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred day/time/instructor.
- We have a limited number of class spots, and there are many who love our classes. So if you cancel at THE LAST MINUTE , that’s a spot that could’ve gone to someone else. We know plans change sometimes and we are happy to accommodate amendments, but we simply ask that you cancel your space 12 hours in advance. Respecting the policy respects our instructors’ time, and allows others to take your spot in the class.
- Any cancellations done after 12 hours from the start of the class will be considered a late cancellation and you will be charged for the session.
All our packages have an expiry date of 3,5 or 9 months depending on the package you choose. Expiry dates are strictly enforced but if you purchase another class pack, we will carry forward your remaining sessions to the new pack.