Pilates

What is pilates?

Pilates is a form of exercise that helps to restore balance and alignment to the body by retraining the deep stabilising muscles and re-establishing correct movement patterns. The Pilates method was developed in Germany in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, who designed the exercise form with an emphasis on the mind-body connection.

Performed with concentration, precision and a focus on breathing, Pilates emphasises quality of movement rather than mindless repetition. Controlled flowing movements target postural and core muscles around the spine, pelvis and torso, enhancing stability and mobility, hereby alleviating pain and preventing dysfunction.

Pilates is not generally a cardiovascular exercise and so is appropriate for all ages and activity levels. At PowersPhysio we teach functional Pilates, combining our knowledge of anatomy and pathology with the principles of Pilates. We adapt exercises for those who are injured, and include many more functional exercises in our teaching than the traditional Pilates repertoire.

What is pilates?

Pilates is a form of exercise that helps to restore balance and alignment to the body by retraining the deep stabilising muscles and re-establishing correct movement patterns. The Pilates method was developed in Germany in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, who designed the exercise form with an emphasis on the mind-body connection.

Performed with concentration, precision and a focus on breathing, Pilates emphasises quality of movement rather than mindless repetition. Controlled flowing movements target postural and core muscles around the spine, pelvis and torso, enhancing stability and mobility, hereby alleviating pain and preventing dysfunction.

Pilates is not generally a cardiovascular exercise and so is appropriate for all ages and activity levels. At PowersPhysio we teach functional Pilates, combining our knowledge of anatomy and pathology with the principles of Pilates. We adapt exercises for those who are injured, and include many more functional exercises in our teaching than the traditional Pilates repertoire.

What is pilates?

Pilates is a form of exercise that helps to restore balance and alignment to the body by retraining the deep stabilising muscles and re-establishing correct movement patterns. The Pilates method was developed in Germany in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, who designed the exercise form with an emphasis on the mind-body connection.

Performed with concentration, precision and a focus on breathing, Pilates emphasises quality of movement rather than mindless repetition. Controlled flowing movements target postural and core muscles around the spine, pelvis and torso, enhancing stability and mobility, hereby alleviating pain and preventing dysfunction.

Pilates is not generally a cardiovascular exercise and so is appropriate for all ages and activity levels. At PowersPhysio we teach functional Pilates, combining our knowledge of anatomy and pathology with the principles of Pilates. We adapt exercises for those who are injured, and include many more functional exercises in our teaching than the traditional Pilates repertoire.

Benefits of pilates

  • Increases flexibility and spinal mobility
  • Optimises posture and core stability
  • Strengthens and tones muscles
  • Improves balance and co-ordination
  • Prevents and rehabilitates injuries
  • Enhances breathing control and circulation
  • Relieves stress and promotes relaxation

Starting pilates

Before starting Pilates, an assessment is required to highlight your problem areas. You can then choose to join a class or continue with individual sessions. Individual sessions provide focused attention and can help to speed up the rehabilitation process. Individual reformer sessions are available in Bergvliet.

Before joining a class, you should complete between 2 and 4 individual sessions, depending on your level of competence. This ensures that you learn the correct techniques and gain maximum benefit from the classes. If you have done Pilates before or have financial constraints, this can be negotiated.

Classes are 1 hour long, limited to 8 people and mat-based, but often incorporate different types of equipment such as balls, rollers and bands.

Pilates classes

Bergvliet
Mon 08h30 | Wed 08h15
Aya Centre, 47 Dreyersdal Road
Teacher: Andrea Powers
Beginner-Intermediate

Fresnaye
Wed 07h30 | Fri 07h15
PowersPhysio, 49 Kloof Road
Teacher: Jodi Aderem
Beginner-Intermediate

Greenpoint
Mon 17h00
Therapeutic Studio, 3 Antrim Road
Teacher: Tamryn Pelser
Beginner-Intermediate

Class fees

1 Class per week: R130
2 Classes per week: R200
Ad hoc class: R160

Benefits of pilates

  • Increases flexibility and spinal mobility
  • Optimises posture and core stability
  • Strengthens and tones muscles
  • Improves balance and co-ordination
  • Prevents and rehabilitates injuries
  • Enhances breathing control and circulation
  • Relieves stress and promotes relaxation

Starting pilates

Before starting Pilates, an assessment is required to highlight your problem areas. You can then choose to join a class or continue with individual sessions. Individual sessions provide focused attention and can help to speed up the rehabilitation process. Individual reformer sessions are available in Bergvliet.

Before joining a class, you should complete between 2 and 4 individual sessions, depending on your level of competence. This ensures that you learn the correct techniques and gain maximum benefit from the classes. If you have done Pilates before or have financial constraints, this can be negotiated.

Classes are 1 hour long, limited to 8 people and mat-based, but often incorporate different types of equipment such as balls, rollers and bands.

Pilates classes

Bergvliet
Mon 08h30 | Wed 08h15
Aya Centre, 47 Dreyersdal Road
Teacher: Andrea Powers
Beginner-Intermediate

Fresnaye
Wed 07h30 | Fri 07h15
PowersPhysio, 49 Kloof Road
Teacher: Jodi Aderem
Beginner-Intermediate

Greenpoint
Mon 17h00
Therapeutic Studio, 3 Antrim Road
Teacher: Tamryn Pelser
Beginner-Intermediate

Class fees

1 Class per week: R130
2 Classes per week: R200
Ad hoc class: R160