What is Pilates?
Pilates is a conditioning programme developed by Joseph Pilates (1880-1967) in the early twentieth century. Pilates, a German national, spent time in an internment camp during WWI, and it was here that he developed his system of exercises that became 'Contrology'.
Pilates emigrated to the US in the late 1920's and it was here that his method was adopted by dancers in New York City, and evolved into what we recognise as 'Pilates'.
The Pilates Method is based on a set of principles, exercising the whole body through a range of mat and equipment based exercises. It combines coordination of deep postural and stability muscles, breathing, and arm and leg movements.
Pilates popularity has increased over the years, and is now commonly practised by fitness enthusiasts, athletes and within the health and rehabilitation sector. It is suitable for all ages, all ability levels, and can be modified to support any injuries.
APPI Pilates is a method of rehabilitative Pilates, encompassing the areas of pain, pathology and function. It is a research based, clinical application of improving the way a person moves and functions in their everyday life.