Body Control Pilates

Body Control Pilates is a ‘contemporary’ form of the original ‘classical’ Pilates developed by Joseph Pilates. As a school of training they believe that many of the classical exercises are not always suitable for the average person with the average body. In order for a person to work safely and effectively, gaining the full benefits of Pilates, these classical exercises should be broken down to establish good movement skills. This builds the best possible foundation. If clients want to progress towards the classical and more advanced work then this is possible, but it is an excellent all over body and mind approach even at the most basic level if done well.

Body Control Pilates is remarkably effective – and medically-approved. It’s holistic, with a well-constructed philosophical foundation. At the centre of the method  is ‘awareness of your own body’ with each and every exercise being built around its eight basic principles:

  • Relaxation
  • Concentration
  • Co-ordination
  • Centring
  • Alignment
  • Breathing
  • Stamina
  • Flowing Movements

By working on the deep core muscles in great alignment, stability is achieved. This can then be maintained through increasingly complex movement sequences. Problem-areas can be targeted by specific exercises, but always in relation to the rest of the body.

The movements are slow and precise and done in a mindful way, as a result your ‘body awareness’ and ‘core stability’ increase as you focus on keeping the body still whilst mobilising a specific body area, this is called disassociation and is key to Pilates. This mind-body connection means that Body Control Pilates literally teaches you to be in control of your body.

The approach will not give you a cardio vascular workout initially, although once you are competent and body aware loaded flowing movements will build stamina and raise your heart rate!

As a Body Control teacher you can expect me to teach no more than 12 clients in a class to ensure you have close instruction and supervision for safety and progression. I use demonstration, verbal cues, imagery and hands on correction to help you achieve good functional movement.

You can expect to develop:

  • Body awareness
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Co-ordination
  • Focus

The Body Control Pilates Method can work for the elderly, athletes and everyone in between! Exercises can be mat or machine-based, but matwork exercises have a great attraction because it’s portable and the exercises need no special equipment, just the safe use of your own body weight. Classes can be made more challenging with the use of small equipment such as toning circles, foam rollers, weights etc

Body Control Pilates is recognised as a world-leading education provider for Pilates teaching. Their education curriculum is internationally renowned and the membership body for Body Control Pilates teachers is the largest professional Pilates organisation outside the USA.

Its reputation for successfully improving posture, muscular imbalances and chronic back pain has brought it to the attention of not only GPs but osteopaths, chiropractors, physiotherapists and homeopathic practitioners, many of whom have either set up Pilates studios as part of their practice or established a close working partnership with their local Body Control Pilates teachers and wider Pilates community.

To find out more about Body Control Pilates visit www.bodycontrolpilates.com