Posted on 24th Aug 2021 at 12:00pm

What is Pilates? 

Pilates aims to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing.



The Pilates method is essentially a mind-body centring technique that emphasises the importance of beginning movement from a central core of stability, namely the lumbo-pelvic region.

From this central core, Pilates works by adjusting the intensity of each exercise through use of different limb movements and resistance

This is combined with appropriate breathing and focused on the fact that the client should not hold their breath in any position


The 5 Stage Model of Pilates

Stage 1- the individual learns to initiate the process towards a normalised movement strategy by using the relevant tools and imagery required to bring awareness to dysfunctional muscle systems

Stage 2- they progress to low load, closed chain movements that combine control, mobility and co-ordination

Stage 3- they progress through increasing load by adding open chain movements or changing gravity, base of support and lever length to further progress movement in multi directional ways

Stage 4- they progress to movement sequence that improve strength, endurance and speed

Stage 5- they perform functional movement patterns in a variety of positions, encouraging the maintenance approach to well being



Matwork is a combination of the original 34 Pilates exercises which consist of strength, mobility and stretching exercises completed on the exercise mat.

At Physio and Health Matters we offer Mat Based Pilates classes. Classes are held in the gym in our Ross-on-Wye clinic and are also available via Zoom – wherever you are.

Please call us on 01989 548314 / 01676 533106 to book.