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What is Pilates?

Pilates is a form of body conditioning which involves exercising both the body and the mind. Pilates is a technique which was developed to improve functional strength and flexibility leading to better body alignment without increasing muscular bulk.

The Pilates quality of movement is more important than performing ever increasing monotonous numbers of repetitions. This is achieved by the application of six fundamental principles of :- , , , , and



An efficient breathing technique is developed, in order to efficiently oxygenate tissues, improve concentration and gain maximum benefit from the exercise programme.



This is the key element to connecting the mind and the body during the exercise period. Pilates believed that all of our actions originate in the mind, which means that concentration, and focus on the exercise will increase performance and body awareness. This element is also helpful in gaining relaxation and stress reduction.



If the exercises are performed slowly with perfect control then the risk of injury will be minimised and maximum benefit gained. Every Pilates exercise has a specific purpose and should be performed correctly with control every time.



Pilates referred to the muscles in the centre of the body the "Powerhouse", consisting of the abdomen, pelvic floor, lower back hips and buttocks. Concentrating on strengthening these muscles will support the spine and improve posture. All energy for Pilates exercises starts at the centre and flows out to the furthest parts of the body. This provides a strong foundation for everyday movements and activities.



All Pilates exercises have a purpose and in order to improve their quality they must be carried out with absolute precision. This precision helps to improve posture and re-align the muscles in the body. It is better to carry out a few exercises properly than many which are not accurately executed.



Pilates exercises should be performed with fluidity in order to gain benefit in terms of mind and body development. There are no static movements, because our bodies are meant to function continuously and gracefully. Exercise should be performed slowly and elegantly as if performing a Waltz.

Pilates Benefits

The application of these six principles over time will help to improve balance, co-ordination, relaxation, posture and body awareness in order to cope with the demands of everyday life. Pilates is functional and can be of benefit to a great many people at different levels, depending upon their individual capabilities, needs and future goals.

(My thanks to Ian Sinclair MREP for this introduction (ed.))

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Where Are Our Pilates Therapists?

Teachers of Pilates in these countries:-


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Where Are Our Therapists, Whatever Their Therapy?

The lists of therapists' organisations by country are also on these pages


Find the list of therapists listed by therapy from the appropriate therapy page. For example, osteopaths from osteopathy and so on.


How to Help your Teacher

You will have certain questions that you want to ask your teacher about the Pilates and your teacher will have standard questions to ask you about yourself.

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Pilates Teacher Organisations

Please note that the qualifications and requirements for a teacher to be registered may vary markedly from organisation to organisation.

The home country of the organisation is listed. Although their therapist lists are likely to be limited to their own countries most will provide more information, advice, contacts and help wherever you live:-

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Pilates Schools

Various schools and colleges will train people to be practitioners of Pilates. Although their courses may be limited to their own countries some may provide international distance learning. Please check them out carefully to ensure they meet your requirements

Please email editor(at) with the name and URL of your suggestions for additional organisations.

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