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About Pilates - what is it?


BCP is based very closely on the Pilates technique developed by the late Joseph Pilates. It is an excellent non-aerobic form of body conditioning and training that anyone can do regardless of age or ability. It targets the deep postural muscles working from the inside out. In today’s society with all its labour saving devices we have ‘got soft’ - slumping in armchairs, spending hours in the car or on the computer, tucking the phone between our ear and our shoulder, taking the lift instead of the stairs, this has left our deep structural muscles weak. Unless these are addressed first and we learn to wake them up and use them properly, we are at risk of injury or back problems. Indeed a lot of back pain is muscle related and those in the medical profession now see Pilates as a complement to their work.

Every exercise is built around eight basic principles, Relaxation, Concentration, Co-ordination, Alignment, Breathing, Flowing Movements, Centering and Stamina. You will be taught to be more aware of your own body, helping you to handle stress and achieve relaxation more easily. Specific areas can be targeted but always in relation to the whole. The aim is a long, lean, strong body avoiding the bulk of some exercise regimes, bringing it into perfect balance and alignment.

You will build what Joseph Pilates called a ‘girdle of strength’ from which you can safely move whilst at the same time gaining an understanding of correct alignment and posture. The exercises are performed slowly without endless repetition, learning to work some areas whilst relaxing others - a great benefit for anyone under stress.

Although hard work, Pilates does not leave you feeling exhausted, drained or bored, you should leave the class feeling refreshed and invigorated. Many of us suffer with bad muscle recruitment patterns and Pilates works to address these problems. You will be encouraged to focus during the session on what your body is doing and to correct these patterns, you have probably lived with these for some years and may not even be aware of them, but may be aware of pain or problems in some areas - correcting bad movement patterns takes time, Pilates is not a quick fix!

BCP is suitable for all levels of fitness; it is non-competitive, the emphasis being on individual progress. Each body is different and the session is tailored to take each person into consideration, this is a very important aspect of the class. The exercises are safe enough to benefit those with back problems and challenging enough for athletes, sports people and dancers at any level.  In the New Year 2014, we will also be starting dedicated specialist classes for Pre and Post Pregnancy women.

The Body Control Pilates Association is the professional body for Pilates teachers, all members work to a code of practice, which govern teaching standards, professional ethics and continuing education of its members. Under the code of practice no teacher can teach more than 12 participants in any one session, ensuring individual attention in a class situation. To qualify as a BCPA teacher each student attends 80 hours of tuition in Pilates theory, exercises and anatomy, followed by a three hour written exam, at the end of the formal tuition period each teacher then embarks on supervised teaching, typically this will be approximately 50 hours. You can be sure that any teacher qualified with BCP Teacher Training has an excellent understanding of the method. If you are considering Pilates, especially if you suffer with back problems as many of our clients do, PLEASE check your teacher’s qualifications. As with all fitness regimes there are ‘learn in a weekend’ courses and sadly Pilates is no exception.

Please visit http://www.bodycontrol.co.uk/index.html for more information or

contact Heather at info@olneypilatesstudio.co.uk

At whatever level you play, Pilates is especially effective in building core stability, focus and injury prevention. Because of the way you work, even when injured you can keep working out to prevent healthy areas from atrophy and when ready Pilates is excellent for rehabilitation. The attention to detail on muscle recruitment changes bodies - for the better. For the sportsperson such as golfers or tennis players Pilates can be of enormous help when improving your technique at whatever level you play.

Pilates for Sport

BCP Association

"...the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind".  Joseph H. Pilates (1881-1967)

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