The Pilates Method

The Pilates Method was devised by Joseph Pilates who was born in Germany in 1880. He was a sickly child who was determined to find ways to overcome his own ill health. He did this by devising exercises to strengthen and stretch his body in combination with living what he considered to be a natural, healthy lifestyle.

Even in the first half of the 20th Century Pilates recognised that many people were beginning to do less and less physical activity/work, spending more time sitting both at work and for leisure. This trend seemed to him in direct conflict with what all bodies need to remain strong and healthy. This is particularly relevant in childhood and adolescence when bodies are constantly growing and changing.

Pilates lived in America from the 1930s where he worked with many of the great dancers, sports people and singers of the time who found the method helped to not only recover from injuries but to prevent injury and improve their performance.

Pilates can be a useful tool for people in helping to look after themselves whether it is for stress management, increased fitness, flexibility, strength or relaxation.

For further information about Pilates see the Pilates Foundation website,


Pilates matwork

Photo: Lu Jeffery

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Carol Fieldhouse

Carol Fieldhouse

Carol is a Pilates Foundation teacher with 10 years experience of Pilates teaching and a background in Dance.

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