Introduction to Pilates

Short introduction videos to the six key principles of Pilates and How-to guides from FASIC - the University’s Sport and Medicine Clinic.

Developed in the early 20th Century by German-born Joseph Pilates, who believed mental and physical health were closely connected. Pilates aims to strengthen and move the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing. (1)

The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning is complete coordination of body, mind and spirit.

Joseph Pilates

Pilates has 6 overarching principles

  • Breathing
  • Control
  • Concentration
  • Centring
  • Flow
  • Precision


How to video guides - Pilates

These videos will introduce some of the basic building blocks of Pilates - an ideal form of exercise at home.

The Pilates method is based on the classical exercises of Joseph Pilates and the key element is developing "awareness of your own body." Every exercise is based on its eight principles - relaxation, concentration, alignment, breathing, centring, coordination, flowing movement and stamina. The exercises we will cover are the basic building blocks for some of the more advanced work and are therefore suitable for anyone injury free.

 All you need is a mat or large towel, a small head cushion and a bit of space around you.

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