Body Control Pilates is based on the work of Joseph Pilates (1880 - 1967), who created a series of exercises that build strength without adding bulk, and balanced that strength with flexibility.


He developed a series of exercises that are based on the 8 Principles of Pilates:

  • Concentration

  • Relaxation

  • Alignment (precision of movement)

  • Breathing

  • Centring (awareness of core stability)

  • Coordination

  • Flowing movements

  • Stamina (muscular endurance)

All the exercises that you will learn are based on this and as your experience grows we develop these exercises to learn the Pilates Method.

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The Pilates Method

The Pilates Method is a type of physical and mental conditioning using well designed, choreographed movements properly performed and in a balanced sequence. The emphasis is not on quantity, but on quality. It is a mindful form of exercise where each movement is performed consciously, with slow control and with a particular breathing pattern. The complete mat method works every muscle group in the body with special attention to the muscles which stabilise the joints.

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