What is Pilates

Pilates covers the art and science of human movement through anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and kinesiology.

Described by the master himself

Joseph Pilates called his exercise method Contrology, later to be known worldwide as Pilates.

He explained: “Contrology is the complete coordination of body, mind and spirit- Contrology restores physical fitness and develops the body uniformly – corrects wrong posture – restores physical vitality – invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit – it makes you feel good and gives you 'all confidence' concentrating on the purpose of the exercise as you perform them.”

“The mind body relationship in the essence of Pilates and in one word awareness is where you begin – the first step in Pilates is concentrating on focused awareness, the rest follows."

Mo Sherring, of the Isle of Man Pilates Studio, adds: "Pilates is not just a series of exercises - it is a conceptual approach to movement. It will change not only the way you look, but how you feel and think, your awareness.

"Pilates is a technique that acknowledges the power of the mind and apporaches the fitness of the ody as a whle, working to improve strength, mobility and alignment.

"Pilates has been called the 'thinking person's way of exercising'."

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The body is designed to function

To function correctly the body and mind must be educated in a sympathetic way with Awareness, Posture, Balance and Breathing. Awareness starts at the feet, the foundation of all posture and physical action.

Pilates complements other fitness programs and activities, it does not replace them. The principles of Pilates can be applied to any movement; dance, the gym, all sports and most other disciplines.

Pilates is adaptable and diverse – that’s its magic

Pilates is used in rehabilitation following surgery and injury and has been successful beyond any expectations. It takes time and commitment to change attitudes to body awareness – muscle activation and alignment.

“Movement encourages circulation and circulation heals" - Joseph Pilates


  • Changes and imporves breathing patterns
  • Improves Posture, Balance, Poise, Stability and Flexibility
  • Helps develop a leaner body by lengthening muscles
  • Develops core abdominal muscles
  • Works the deepest muscles
  • Relieves lower back pain, stiffness and tension and stress
  • Suitable for anyone regardless of age or level of fitness

In the hands of an experienced and correctly qualified teacher who is certified in Pilates based rehabilitation, Pilates can help with:

  • Back pain
  • Knee and ankle pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Pelvic floor weakness and continence problems
  • Osteoporosis and Arthritis
  • Preventing sport injuries and enhancing sporting performance
  • Improving the health and wellbeing of older adults
  • Easing 'aches and pains'

Pilates improves balance, posture, stability, flexibility and mobility. It also improves mind body awareness, breathing and reduces stress and fatigue. Pilates can also relieve pain, stiffness and tension and can boost your immune system.

It is specifically helpful to improve:

  • Posture
  • Breathing
  • Pelvic Floor

Under the correct supervision Pilates can be tailored for all age groups and levels of fitness.