What is Pilates?

Joseph Pilates developed his method over 100 years ago.

Pilates is a unique system of stretching and strengthening exercises that:

  • improve posture
  • provide flexibility and balance
  • strengthen and tone muscles
  • unite body and mind
  • create a more streamlined shape

Pilates was developed to create a healthy body, a healthy mind and a healthy life.

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Joseph Pilates:

Physical fitness is the first requisite to happiness.

A man is as young as his spinal column.

We retire too early and we die too young.

Not only is health a normal condition, but it is our duty to not only attain it but to maintain it.

Change happens through movement and movement heals.

Pilates is complete co-ordination of body, mind and spirit.

BASI Pilates

Established in 1989 by Pilates educator, Rael Isacowitz, BASI Pilates preserves the legacy of Joseph and Clara Pilates, while complementing their method with contemporary scientific knowledge. BASI stands for Body Arts and Science International, and is now established in over 14 countries.

"Joseph Pilates had dreamed of universal recognition and growth and believed it could happen; yet even in his most ambitious dreams, he could not have envisioned the extent of the popularity of the Pilates method that we witness today." (Rael Isacowitz)

Rael, after studying Pilates for over 10 years, decided to embark on a lifelong journey of learning and practice that would deepen his understanding of movement and enable him to connect the physical with the mental aspects of Pilates. And thus the BASI educational organization was formed.Body Arts and Science International.

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What are the Benefits of Pilates?

With a qualified instructor, Pilates benefits both someone new to fitness or a seasoned athlete.

It is often the next step after completing physical therapy for clients who have had  joint replacements, or have had back issues, or other surgeries, injuries or diagnoses.

It is an excellent cross training method for athletes and dancers and for anyone wanting to improve their fitness level and keep healthy.

Each class is an opportunity to learn healthy movement patterns which translate into balanced muscles, increased range of motion, get freedom from pain and strength from the inside out.

Pilates has a place in almost every activity that we pursue in our daily lives, be it playing golf, running a race, reaching for something on the top shelf or actually playing outside with the kids.

It is suitable for all ages and abilities.

"If you are 30, stiff and unfit, you are old. If you are 60, lean and supple, you are young."                 Joseph Pilates

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Why Choose Pilates?

  • Pilates focuses more on the individual.
  • Pilates is designed to safely transform the body.
  • Pilates tones and builds strength without bulking up.
  • Pilates improves posture and develops strong and toned abdominal muscles which in turn supports the function of the spine.
  • Pilates can also improve bone density and help prevent injuries.

Who is Pilates for?

Pilates is appropriate for people of all ages and levels of fitness. The sessions are NOT a one size fits all. The sessions are designed according to the very specific needs of each client.

Pilates is a safe and effective exercise program for women throughout their pregnancy. The very specialized BASI pregnancy program caters for women through their different trimesters and thereafter during their Postpartum recovery.

Pilates is appropriate for senior fitness as well as all ages. The ability to modify exercises to meet differing needs, along with the many benefits of Pilates, such as increased levels of strength, balance, flexibility, muscle tone, stamina and well being, make Pilates an inviting senior exercise program.

After all, Joseph Pilates practiced his method into his eighties.