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GETTING STARTED/ 

WHAT IS INTRINSIC PILATES

Intrinsic Pilates is so much more than just Pilates... Susannah’s wealth of knowledge with all types of exercise and physical rehabilitation enables her to give her clients a bespoke plan of movement therapy designed to achieve their specific goals. Whether that be to rid yourself of pain, niggling discomfort, or to maximise your fitness/ health or athletic ability.

THE SIX PRINICIPLES OF PILATES

The six principles of Pilates synchronises the mind, body and spirit to create balance in the body. In order to perform the exercises/the repertoire correctly and effectively, you will be taught to incorporate the following 6 principles into each and every one of the exercises. These principles will become automatically activated as you become more aware and adept in the work. You will then find yourself using them in ‘all that you do’ in daily life, and other sports/activities that you enjoy.

  • BREATH

  • CENTRING

  • CONCENTRATION

  • CONTROL

  • ALIGNMENT/PRECISION

  • FLOW

 

THE MAT WORK

The Classical Mat Work consists of 34 exercises. Each one is designed to flow on to the next one. Starting with The Hundred, and finishing with The Push Up. It was meant to be performed in the order in which it was written. The Mat Work requires a huge amount of strength and agility, it can be thought of as the hardest sequence of Joseph Pilates’ work, as you work ‘off’ the floor, the surface beneath you, never sinking, or relaxing onto/into it! To perform the series from 1-34 in a flowing pattern, is a true challenge, and the ultimate achievement!

Some people take years to master the sequence, some take months, it is definitely a ‘work in progress’. I progress my clients slowly, safely and thoroughly in the Mat Work, never moving on to the next exercise until they are ready to.