Joseph H. Pilates was born in 1883 in Germany. His father, Heinrich Friedrich Pilates, was a prize-winning gymnast, and his mother worked as a naturopath.
Pilates was a sickly child and suffered from asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever, and he dedicated his entire life to improving his physical strength. Pilates came to believe that the “modern” life-style, bad posture, and inefficient breathing lay at the roots of poor health. He devised a series of exercises and training-techniques related to encouraging the use of the mind to control muscles; focusing attention on core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and provide support for the spine; teaching awareness of breath and of alignment of the spine, and strengthening the deep torso and abdominal muscles.
Pilates is a method of body conditioning that helps to build flexibility and muscle strength; encourages the development of a strong core and improves coordination, agility and balance. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, toning the deep abdominals and stabilising the back.
Marianne specialises in teaching small classes as well as running private 1 to 1 & 1 to 2 sessions. Pilates Matwork classes include a combination of exercises and stretching techniques. Classes include the use of small props and equipment. These are all provided, but are also available for purchase. Before joining a class, Marianne recommends a 1 to 1 session.
Qualification: CYQ Level 3 – Mat based Pilates