Pilates is a unique method of body conditioning that elongates and rebalances the body.  It is a low impact exercise system that focuses on stretching and strengthening the whole body to improve balance, muscle-strength, flexibility and posture. It is based on a series of principles to which each of the exercises adheres.

Pilates was created by its namesake, German-born, Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s.

If practiced with consistency, Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the whole body. It puts emphasis on postural alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance.

The Pilates system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginner to advanced.  Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises


Pilates has many benefits, the main ones being

  • Increased flexibility and mobility of the muscles and joints
  • Correct postural alignment
  • Improved coordination, stability and balance
  • Improved strength of the bones and muscles
  • Improved strength and endurance of the core postural muscles
  • Reduced stress and muscular tension
  • Increased energy levels, confidence, self-esteem
  • A sense of both physical and psychological well being
  • As a group exercise, Pilates offers a motivational environment

Pilates focuses on training components that can contribute to improving and managing a number of muscular and skeletal conditions, including lower back pain, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and postural conditions.

Pilates can help improve posture by educating participants on ideal postural alignment.  It can help to improve muscle tone and flexibility, core strength and joint mobility.

Pilates has a specific focus on relaxation and concentration that can be used to manage stress and emotional well being.  The slow controlled manner of the movements offers a contrast to the hurried way in which we operate in our daily lives.  The slow controlled breathing techniques used during Pilates also helps to slow down other bodily systems that are triggered by stress.


Jen Benson Pilates offers you the chance to try Pilates in a relaxed, informal setting without having to pay over the odds.  Customer satisfaction and value for money guaranteed.

Jen Benson Pilates classes offer mat work Pilates, exercises are mostly performed barefoot on the mat, sometimes incorporating small pieces of equipment such as stretch bands.

The session starts with a warm up phase to mobilise the joints and muscles, followed by a flowing sequence of classic Pilates exercises which can be adapted and/or progressed as needed for individuals.  The class will take both your body and mind on a journey through all its planes of movement, taking transitions from standing to all fours, lying on both back, side and front, stretching and articulating safely as you go.  You will be educated on ideal postural alignment and left feeling energised, relaxed and rebalanced.


Can Pilates help me lose weight?

Pilates isn’t an effective activity for losing weight on its own. However, when undertaken as part of a varied activity schedule it can support weight loss and give a more streamlined appearance. If you want to lose weight you should combine Pilates with a healthy, balanced, calorie controlled diet and some aerobic activities, such as swimming, walking, running/jogging and cycling.

Do I have to be fit to do Pilates?

No. Pilates is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. It is a gentle way of raising your activity levels, especially if you have poor mobility, aches and pains or an injury.

Pilates can be adapted to raise the fitness levels of someone less active, equally it can challenge someone very fit.

Before starting any exercise programme it’s advisable to seek advice from your GP if you have any health concerns, such as a health condition or an injury.

Can I injure myself doing Pilates?

Pilates is a gentle, low-impact form of exercise. Injuries are uncommon. However, it’s important that you find a qualified teacher and a class suitable to your level to ensure that the routines aren’t too challenging.

If you don’t exercise already or you’re recovering from injury, it’s advisable to check with your GP and the Pilates teacher before starting a class.





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