About Modern Pilates

Gillian is extensively trained in the Modern Pilates Method    

What is Modern Pilates?


Modern Pilates is a contemporary and updated approach to Pilates exercise.

 What will you gain from Modern Pilates?

Modern Pilates is a method of exercise that will condition and tone the body. Its methods are very different from many traditional types of exercise. The aim is to work muscles from the inside out, creating a stronger flatter midsection, improved posture, muscle balance, realigning the spine and improving both the function and appearance of the body. Modern Pilates is a relaxing and individual program which works both the body & mind. Modern Pilates is also aimed at relieving stress and can help improve sleep patterns and tension, specifically in the neck and shoulders.


Who is Modern Pilates For?

Everybody! Modern Pilates is recommended by for those recovering from back problems, weak abdominals (core stability), stress incontinence and poor posture. Modern Pilates is an ideal form of rehabilitation. An additional typical type of exercise for runners, advanced fitness enthusiasts, and dancers who will benefit from increased flexibility and core stability.

Why Choose Modern Pilates?

Modern Pilates teachers have to pass extensive theory exams present case studies and plan both progressive and remedial programs. The final assessment is around hours of observed teaching and a final practical assessment based.


It is worth noting that there are many types of Pilates classes around, some Pilates-based classes are run by teachers who have only taken a couple of days training. While these classes may be taught by excellent teachers, they are not ideal if you have more specialist needs, recovering from injury or want a more personal session. 


Modern Pilates delivers small group personal training; classes numbers are limited to 15. Clients are screened and given individual advice and attention throughout the class. 


What to look for in a Pilates Class

  • As a new client, you should be asked to complete a questionnaire regarding health, well-being and injury.

  • Classes with 8 or fewer participants are more appropriate for beginners and rehab.

  • The teacher should show individual attention, expect to be individually helped or corrected.

  • The teacher should always be observing and communicating with both the group and individual clients.

  • Classes are better when they run on a course basis to allow teachers to get to know clients individually and prescribe specific exercises or adaptations.

  • Classes should use a variety of teaching aids, full-length mats, blocks, bands and various support methods for individual use. Expect to see pillows, resistance bands, and other equipment.

  • Teachers should be able to offer adaptations and should have equipment such as blocks and supports to enable them to do so.


Background to Pilates.

Pilates is not new. It is an exercise discipline that gained popularity with dancers in New York during the 1920s. However, Joseph Hubertus born in Germany during the 1880s initially developed some of his methods with prisoners of war who had lost limbs or suffered injury. 


His work with dancers was far removed from his earlier remedial work. Unfortunately, we only have material from his later days of practice, and many of those exercises are very unsuitable for the general public!!!

Modern Pilates combines the best principles of Pilates with sports science and research from the 21st Century.

Simply that! Modern Pilates is a modern contemporary approach to an old exercise discipline.



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