That's easy, Body Control is an organisation that is constantly evolving and is at the forefront of making Pilates accessible to the wider community.

 

Body Control Pilates have analyzed the original exercises created by Joseph Pilates (1880-1967) see below. They have designed additional ones that are progressively more challenging, so that you can appreciate the benefits safely and effectively, irrespective of your age and level of fitness. All exercises are based on secure movement patterns that develop body awareness and control.

Many of the exercises are unique to Body Control and all have been developed around their eight principles

  • Concentration
  • Relaxation
  • Alignment
  • Breathing
  • Centring (core stability)
  • Co-ordination
  • Flowing Movements
  • Stamina

Your strength and flexibility will improve as you progress through more challenging movement sequences

Prior to starting your Pilates journey you will be required to complete an enrolment form giving details of any medical conditions, back problems or injuries. All information is treated as strictly confidential. Classes have a maximum of 12 people; this enables me to ensure you exercise safely and correctly and allows you to get the very best out of each class and progress towards your goals.

  About Joseph Pilates

Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1880. As a frail and sickly child he suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. Determined to overcome his weakness he dedicated himself to becoming fit by experimenting through many different approaches such as bodybuilding, gymnastics, self-defence and dance.

He came to the UK in 1912 and worked as a boxer and circus performer. During World War 1 he was interned and during this time, he developed a fitness regimen for the other internees. He constructed equipment using bed springs attached to walls so people could exercise while lying in their beds. Despite a flu epidemic occurring killing thousands, none of the inmates that had been exercising with him succumbed to the virus.

After the war he returned to Germany where he met Rudolf von Laban, the originator of  'Labanotation' the most widely used form of dance notation.

In 1926 he emigrated to the United States of America meeting his future wife Clara on the boat and they set up their first studio in New York. Visitors to his studio included dancers, actors, gymnasts and athletes all anxious to learn from Pilates.

Pilates called his method Contrology. To him it was the complete co-ordination of the body and the mind. Joseph and his wife Clara taught at the New York studio well into the 1960's.

Joseph Pilates died in 1967 at the grand old age of 87.

Since then Pilates has continued to grow, although styles may vary the basic principles are the same.

    "If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old; if it is completely flexible at 60, you are young."

Joseph Pilates