Physiotherapist Jana started teaching Pilates in Swinton, Manchester almost 2 years ago. Since then, the classes have become very popular amongst the patients of the Clarendon Clinic as well as the general public.
Focusing on core stability, Jana ensures that the exercises are carried out correctly with a focus on pelvic floor stability, abdominal strength and improvement in flexibility.
History of Pilates
The founder of Pilates exercise, Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1880. As an intern in hospital, he observed many ill people in bed doing no exercise and devised gentle exercise programmes for these patients. Soon it became evident that those practising Joseph’s exercises were improving faster. He designed exercises using springs from old hospital beds. After the war, he returned to Germany where he continued to develop his exercise regine within the dance world. He opened his first Pilates studio in New York and his reputation grew very quickly. After he passed away in 1967, his students continued in his footsteps until nowadays, when Joseph’s Pilates legacy continues.
The Pilates method
The Pilates method is a mind-centering technique that emphasises the importance of beginning movement from a central core of stability. The intensity of each exercise can be adjusted through the use of differing length levers and resistance.
8 essential steps
- Breathing control – this is co-ordinated with exercises so that exhalation occurs with movements that require the greatest effort.
- Concentration – concentration on every movement during Pilates workout is essential to promote correct alignment and body awareness.
- Control – movement control is vital when working against gravity
- Centering – pilates primarily facilitate core stability
- Precision – precision of movement is a long term goal in the Pilates method
- Flow – these exercises are performed in even, flowing movements
- Isolation – Pilates builds mind-body awareness, thus one recognises incorrect patterns of movement, can isolate them and correct them
- Routine – repetition is essential to learn the correct movement, alignment and promote awareness of the body (APPI, 2010).
Pilates or core stability exercises have been shown to improve the musculature surrounding the spine, strengthen weak muscles and help manage back pain successfully.
Pilates includes warm-up, strengthening exercises focusing especially on deep abdominal muscles and pelvic floor muscles, stretching and mobility exercises and cool down. It is recommended to every individual as it is a gentle exercise strengthening your core. Suitable to all levels and ages.
Testimonials for Jana’s Pilates in Swinton, Manchester
Jana’s Pilates classes are fun and because she varies the exercises, there is no chance they will become boring. The classes are small which means Jana tailors them to suit a range of abilities and experience, yet she always encourages us to progress to more challenging exercises. Over the eight weeks since I started Pilates with Jana, I have noticed how much more flexible I have become and would recommend her classes to anyone who is looking for low impact exercise with the benefit of improved flexibility.
Jana’s small classes ensure personal attention so the exercises are executed correctly and without chance of injury. The classes are progressive with new and more difficult exercises introduced each week. At the end of the course, my core strength had improved, enhancing my balance and deportment. My flexibility had improved beyond recognition, as had my personal feeling of well-being.
Pilates in Swinton, Manchester are run in 8 session blocks to ensure that there will be visible results at the end of the each block.
Pilates in Swinton, Manchester
115 Chorley Road
Pilates, Swinton, Manchester