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What Is Pilates?

Pilates is a low-impact body conditioning routine that specifically focuses on strengthening our deep, core muscles – that means the lower back, deep abdominal and pelvic floor. When taught correctly, Pilates can help to improve balance, muscle-strength, flexibility, joint mobility and posture, and can act to relieve stress and tension.

Pilates was created in the early 1890s by German-born Joseph Pilates. It incorporates elements of yoga, gymnastics, self-defence and dance. Today Pilates is widely recognised by the medical and sporting world as a means to facilitate and maximise health and fitness. (Pilates if often recommended by physiotherapists, osteopaths and medical practitioners as a method of preventing and treating sporting injuries, and managing lower back pain.)

Pilates exercises are performed on Pilates mats, sometimes using small pieces of equipment such as resistance bands and straps. The basic concept of Pilates requires you to engage your core muscles at a low level and maintain good body alignment, whilst performing any sequence of Pilates exercises at the same time. In Pilates the quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Proper breathing is essential, and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency.

Pilates is an extremely flexible exercise system. Most exercises have different levels of progression, and can be modified to suit each person. Pilates is safe and beneficial for people of all ages and levels of fitness.

 Why Pilates?

Pilates is ideal for anyone wanting to improve their core strength and mobility. It's often recommended by doctors, osteopaths and chiropractors who see patients suffering from the effects of poor posture, sports injuries and the stresses and strains of daily life.

Pilates is an exercise method that trains your muscles to support healthy stability and movement of the skeleton. Pilates increases both postural and core strength, which is essential in today’s modern world.

Pilates heightens your body awareness, which in turn will improve overall agility, flexibility, mobility and strength. Pilates helps to ensure your body is working at its optimal level all the time.

Do you have back or neck pain? Spend hours at a desk? Recovering from an injury? Want to focus on your wellbeing during pregnancy? Include Pilates as part of an intense fitness or training regime? Or simply want to bring your body back to its natural symmetry so you function with more strength, control and awareness?
If so, you've come to the right place.

"At ELP we believe that physical health is all about prevention, not cure"

 Why Choose ELP?

ELP offers a fitness program that is designed around you.

Whether you are interested in one-to-one lessons, corporate classes or public ones, we offer Pilates instruction that is tailored to the individual.

At ELP we are all passionate about encouraging body awareness. Our approach is three-pronged. With the guidance and support of our teachers, we will work to improve your:

  • Core and Postural strength
  • Balanced muscle flexibility
  • Healthy range of movement for all joints

Our team of instructors at ELP are fully trained, certified and have a wealth of experience. We ensure our teaching methods move with the times by keeping our knowledge current incorporating new exercises and tech whilst retaining the best of the traditional techniques.