Pilates werd bijna 100 jaar geleden ontwikkeld door de Duitse athleet en bewegingspionier Joseph Pilates. Hij haalde zijn inspiratie uit gymnastiek, yoga, boksen en zwemmen. Aanvankelijk creëerde hij een methode die hij Contrology noemde. In de jaren dertig van de vorige eeuw werd Contrology populair onder balletdansers en moderne dansers, die naar Pilates’ studio in New York kwamen om te herstellen van blessures. Al snel waren zijn verkocht. Sindsdien is de methode verder ontwikkeld en werden voortdurend de laatste ontwikkelingen op het gebied van bewegingsleer erin opgenomen. De focus op de houdingsspieren van het lichaam is de essentie van Pilates. Het brengt het lichaam in de juiste “alignment” en leert het lichaam efficiëntere bewegingspatronen aan. Verder worden de spieren lang en sterk, in plaats van kort en gedrongen – Pilates legt de nadruk op een juiste uitvoering van de beweging, met minder herhalingen.
A friend of mine introduced me to Smartbody and I’m so glad she did. Pilates has changed my life. Chronic back and neck pains are a thing of the past and my slouching posture has at last been corrected. I feel at least a few centimetres taller! Smartbody’s teachers are excellent coaches. They are well trained and extremely professional. There is a friendly atmosphere and you really feel everyone is welcome – you see all ages and both sexes mixed together in classes. Both my daughters (18 and 28) have joined recently and are as enthusiastic about this club as I am! Paula Conaghan
I treasure my pilates classes with you so much . . . When my physical therapist from downstairs sent me to Smartbody eight years ago me and my back were a mess. Now, since a few years, I have not had any back problems anymore, which is a miracle (particularly with my height!). So, I would really like to THANK YOU! Cristel Sunter – radio producer and artist
I began Pilates at Smartbody in September 2013 on advice from a local physiotherapist who was treating me for a troublesome and persistent, stress-related, frozen shoulder. I was quite intimidated about starting. Though I played team sports to a high level in my youth, I have no dance or related gymnastic training.
I was immediately comfortable at Smartbody which has a warm and friendly atmosphere. There are some outstanding and talented people there from all walks of life. As a beginner, I found it was deceptively hard work, requiring immense concentration. From my musical training, I immediately enjoyed the rigour of it, the mental challenge, the rehearsal of each movement and the constant practice which quickly shows results. I also found a mental release – a kind of natural high after every session. Within two weeks of attending the studio for dedicated one-on-one sessions, my pain was gone permanently and I could already feel my balance and flexibility returning.
Over a year later, I now attend Smartbody twice a week with two different instructors. Each emphasizes different things but both are very focused and inspiring. In fact, I am rather humbled by the experience. Without exaggeration, they are two of the best teachers I have ever worked with. I find their dedication and desire to help me is both a compliment and a reason to work harder.
My ambition with Pilates is to improve my practice alone, so I can use it when I travel and also perhaps to attend some classes later on, to experience the group dynamic. But for now, I will remain an improving and willing novice. I am healthier in every aspect of my life, my posture is better, I ceased smoking, and I rest better.
Christopher Springham, Vice President, Global Communications & Human Resources LM Wind Power