Pilates was designed by Joseph Pilates, born in Germany in 1883. He developed a system of exercises during the first half of the 20th century which were intended to strengthen the human mind and body. Joseph Pilates believed that mental and physical health are inter-related.
The Pilates method seeks to develop controlled movement from a strong core and it does this using a range of apparatuses to guide and train the body. Joe Pilates originally developed his method as mat exercises and then he used several pieces of apparatus to help people "get the method in their bodies". Each piece of apparatus has its own repertoire of exercises and most of the exercises done on the various pieces of Pilates apparatus are resistance training since they make use of springs to provide additional resistance. Using springs results in "progressive resistance", meaning the resistance increases as the spring is stretched. The most widely used piece of apparatus, and probably the most important, is the Reformer, however there are many other pieces of equipment used to encourage the participant to use their body correctly.
In Australia Pilates has been used by dancers for many years for injury prevention and rehabilitation from injury. It has increasingly become popular with the general public as a form of exercise, as a way to correct posture and in rehabilitation from injury. As research has developed on the importance of good core stability to support the lower back and to move in a functionally sound way various methods of strengthening the core have become popular and Pilates is one of these.
The following Pilates Instructor works in collaboration with practitioners at Sydney Essential Health to assist with treatment:
Chrystene Carroll (Bodhimaya Pilates Centre)
Sydney Essential Health is situated in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, 5 minutes walk from the centre of Bondi Junction and close to Woollahra, Double Bay, Rose Bay, Bellevue Hill, Paddington, Edgecliff, Randwick, Coogee and Bondi. Also only a quick train or bus ride from the city of Sydney and Sydney CBD. Click here for map and contact details.