A boutique Pilates studio based in the heart of Plumstead, Cape Town specialising in group mat classes for ladies of all ages and fitness levels. The classes are in small groups to allow for individual attention. Based at home, its inviting appeal has a community atmosphere, with a warm friendly vibe.
The following accessories are used in the classes: the big stability ball, small ball, foam roller, band, magic circle etc.
A Bit of History on Joseph H Pilates
Joseph Hubertus Pilates was born in 1880 near Dusseldorf, Germany. Although he was a sickly child, he developed himself into a strong athlete. He became an avid skier, gymnast, boxer, and even posed for anatomy charts.
He was in England and when WW1 broke out, he was placed in a prisoner of war camp. While he was interned, he developed his first series of mat exercises and trained his fellow inmates. He also started using the hospital bed springs to rehabilitate injured soldiers. These were the beginnings of the reformer repertoire. When the influenza epidemic broke out, it was remarkable that no one in his camp died. This was attributed to the strength training that Pilates was doing. After returning to Germany, he was approached to train the rising German regime. Reluctant to do so, Pilates boarded a ship to New York. It was on this ship that he met his wife-to-be, Clara. Once in New York, Joseph and Clara’s studio attracted a wide following of clients, including athletes and dancers. He called his method of training ‘Contrology’. Joseph Pilates wrote several books during his lifetime including “Your Health” and “Return to Life through Contrology”. He died in 1967, several months after a fire in their building. Pilates left behind a legacy, a unique body of work, and dedicated followers who have continued his training and work.
6 traditional Pilates principles:
Focusing in each movement and the muscles that are working
Being present for the Pilates session
No haphazard movements
Performing each exercise with control to avoid injury
Some movements may use controlled momentum
Initiating and controlling each movement from the core
Each movement within an exercise flows
Movements between the exercises flow
Paying attention to details
“Perfect practice makes perfect”