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The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph Pilates (1880-1967). Pilates is holistic exercise that looks at the whole body rather than just working individual muscle groups. Pilates is best known for the stabilisation of the torso - the so-called “core” or “powerhouse”. Strength is developed from the inside out, that is, postural, deep muscles are worked rather than just working with the global muscles. This is particularly useful for those with back pain as it helps the body to realign itself and helps anyone whose lifestyle or profession puts strain on a particular area of the body, be it the back, neck or shoulder girdle. However, this is not the sole benefit of Pilates. Pilates also emphasises elongation and length which creates space in the joints and thereby helps fluid exchange. Most importantly of all, Pilates is carried out with a high level of mental awareness which is important for changing habitual movement and postural patterns.
The original Pilates exercises are suitable for athletes, dancers and for anyone looking for high levels of fitness. Over time, however, the Pilates Method was modified and adapted taking account of the newer insights made in the fields of sports medicine and physiotherapy. A large number of adapted exercises (the so-called pre-Pilates exercises) were developed which are suitable for almost everyone, independent of their fitness level. The enormous diversity that was thus created allows each Pilates class to be modified to such an extent that it can be adapted to suit the requirements of anyone.
Kat has developed her own style of Pilates with a strong emphasis on sensation and somatic education to encourage variation of movement and lasting change to habitual patterns. Her classes incorporate fascia release and fitness, as well as elements from Body Mind Centering, ideokinesis, Yoga and other somatic movement systems.
Kat is particularly interested in fascia release - especially adhesions and scar tissue - and lymphatic flow.
What the Press says:
Link to Express newspaper article (opens in a new window)
Pilates, Fascial Fitness, Ideokinesis and Somatic Education based on Body Mind Centering – a particularly effective combination
In Fascial Fitness movements are adapted to release, re-awaken and re-pattern connections between muscle groups - the so-called fascial lines - and stretch areas of scar tissue and adhesions. Its ultimate aim is to develop structural integrity in movement and posture. A holistic and sensual approach that helps posture and improves functional movements and is useful in rehabilitation and general fitness training.
Body Mind Centering (BMC)* is an experiential bodywork practice that covers anatomical, physiological and developmental (including embryological) principles. BMC is based on the differentiation of the individual body systems, be it organs, bones, muscles, nervous system, fluids or endocrine system and on re-patterning developmental patterns. Differentiation and re-patterning can help us to initiate movement in different ways and help to change those patterns which create restriction and pain.
Fascial Fitness, BMC and Ideokinesis have wide-ranging application in rehabilitation. The latter two have also been very popular with artists, especially dancers and actors.
Combining these elements with Pilates exercises leads to a deep, inner understanding of those movements, thereby allowing change to happen from the inside.
As William Sutherland said: “Better to mobilize an internal force, than to use an external, inevitably blind, force.”
* Kat is presently training in BMC