Pilates has long been enjoyed by royals and celebrities alike. The Victoria Secret models credit the exercise class in helping them achieve their long lean limbs. Although it’s got great social popularity now, it was actually invented by German born Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. It was originally to aid with physical rehabilitation. Some of the first people to benefit were soldiers returning from the war and some professional dancers, all hoping to strengthen their bodies and relieve muscular aches and pains. Joseph Pilates described his techniques as ‘Contrology’ and these days instructors use six key principles as a foundation to this exercise. These principles are centring, concentration, control, precision, breath and flow. When applied these are what makes Pilates so unique and adored by millions all over the world.
I have seen first hand the immense benefits achieved using these principles. Pilates has been a real game changer for me. I think even adding just one class of Pilates a week it will give you real results. I love that it goes beyond just health and fitness benefits. The class helps me to clear my mind, boost my energy and feel an inner serenity.
In a world full of distractions, stresses and chaos I find each class offers the opportunity for me to experience a little peace and tranquility. I always start each session with some deep full breaths. This encourages the cells to renew and gets my heart pumping fresh blood into the muscle tissues. I can also engage my inner core and mind together.
I love how Pilates is a whole body workout as it focuses on core strength. Ensuring that you have a strong core is so important. This is so much more than a flat stomach or having abs. Weak core muscles can leave you susceptible to lower back pain and poor posture. I think of my core as a muscular corset that helps me maintain a good posture.
Each session works the core muscles from top to bottom and front to back. This is why supermodels swear by Pilates to ensure they are shoot or catwalk ready. By training every muscle it helps keep everything where it should be! I’ve found that Pilates has changed the way I feel about my body, really helping to sculpt it from head to toe.
I was lucky enough to receive my Pilates training from Jayne O’Brien at Equinox Kensington. Their Pilates dedicated studio, complete with all the equipment you’d ever need, is the perfect place to start your Pilates journey. It’s not only a beautifully designed gym but the staff are the heart of the gym. Jayne was extremely helpful and guided me every step of the way. She made the session fun and exciting, so even though it was challenging I’ve found myself wanting to go back for more!
Studio Pilates at Equinox Kensington – 99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, W85SA +44 (0) 207 666 6000
Jayne O’Brien Pilates Class – Thursday 10.45-11.45 (BST) Yoga Studio, Equinox Kensington