What is Pilates?

Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates during the First World War to improve the rehabilitation of its casualties. He believed that core control was the essence of controlling movement and that mental and physical health co-exist with each other.

Pilates is a total body conditioning system to train the local stabilizing muscles (the "core") to work more effectively and efficiently during everyday movements.

The body and mind work together, but it all starts with breathing and the core. If you do not know how to activate your core and pelvic floor correctly (there is more to it than "tightening your abs" or "pulling your belly button to your spine"!!) the body cannot function as efficiently.

By learning to activate your core correctly, learning your body's neutral alignment, breathing and concentration to work through flowing postures creates a full body workout.


  • Builds strength and muscle control

  • Increases flexibility

  • Improves posture

  • Teaches correct activation of the core and pelvic floor

  • Helps in the rehabilitation of injuries

  • Improves sporting performance

  • Low impact exercises but challenging

  • Multiple benefits for during pregnancy and post natally (see below) - can be adapted to reduce strain on abdominals and pelvic floor

Our Pilates classes are ran by Lesley through her Essential Physiotherapy Clinic. Please click the Learn More button to be directed to the website where you can find more information and contact her to sign up.