WHAT IS PILATES?

Pilates was created by German born Joseph Pilates (b 1880).  Joseph suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever and he managed to overcome his physical limitation by developing his own program of exercise and bodybuilding, which he called Contrology.  In the early 1920’s Joseph immigrated to the US and opened a fitness studio with his wife Clara in New York, sharing the same address as the New York City Ballet.  By the early 1960s Joseph and Clara’s style of exercise, termed ‘Pilates’ was becoming widely popular.

Joseph and Clara had eight key students who took their teachings and continued to teach their method.  Each of these students had different issues with their body and as such, were taught slightly differently.  This is one of the reasons there are different styles of Pilates taught today.
Joseph Pilates’s three principles were;

Whole Body Health

Achieved through exercise, diet, good hygiene, sleep, sunshine, fresh air and balance in work, recreation and relaxation.

Whole Body Commitment

Strong, healthy bodies and development of the minds to the limit of our ability.

Breath

Learning how to breathe correctly – exhaling completely.  Full consistent inhalation and exhalation helps the circulatory system nourish all the tissues with oxygen-rich blood while carrying away impurities and metabolic waste.

WHO IS PILATES FOR?

  • Males & Females
  • All ages
  • All fitness levels

WHAT WILL PILATES DO FOR ME?

  • Core Strength
  • Decreased pain and stiffness, especially in the back and neck
  • Increase overall toning, strength and endurance
  • Relaxation, improved breathing and circulation
  • Pelvic Floor Strength
  • Balance
  • Flexibility

WHAT IS POLESTAR PILATES?

Polestar Education was founded by president Brent Anderson PhD, PT, OCS and co-founder Elizabeth J Larkam MA, Feldenkrais Practitioner, in 1992 in the USA.

They identified the principles common to most Pilates and Pilates evolved practitioners and further refined the Pilates Method with the latest research in biomechanics, motor learning, bioenergetics and communication advancements. Polestar Pilates provides the most comprehensive Pilates rehabilitation and fitness curriculum and certification in the world today.

Polestar Pilates Principles of movement;

1.    Breathing
2.    Axial Elongation / Core Control
3.    Spine Articulation
4.    Organization of Head, Neck and Shoulders
5.    Weight-Bearing and Alignment of the Extremities
6.    Movement Integration

Polestar qualifications are recognized globally.
Polestar refers to the shinning ‘Pole Star’ of the northern hemisphere – just as we in the southern hemisphere have the Southern Cross.

Further information on Polestar Pilates can be found here.