Pilates Exercises are twofold. Strengthening and Stretching. You’ll develop strength as you do in a gym class and flexibility as you do in a yoga class. Perfect! At the bottom of this page, you’ll find all you need to know about specific exercises. Just click on the links.
For Torso & Arms:
For shoulders & Upper Back Exercises:
Perhaps you would benefit from following a set routine with one of our Pilates DVDs. We're 4 to choose from, including a special "Stretch with our Aussie Animals" DVD. Click: All DVD's
A couple of tips:
Firstly, it’s extremely beneficial to be able to “visualise” a muscle group as you’re working it. The mind-body connection is crucial when performing these exercises. So, don’t think about your date on Saturday night, or what you’re going to cook for dinner. FOCUS and VISUALISE what you are doing NOW, while you exercise. Joseph Pilates was known to have said “It’s the mind that builds the body” so, put your mind in your muscle. We make this easier for you by adding anatomical pictures.
Secondly, breathe. LOVE YOUR OXYGEN....Every cell in your body needs oxygen – don’t starve them. Breathe deeply during each inhaled and exhaled breath is a MUST. Pilates breathing is diaphragm breathing, that is, breathing into your ribcage.
You’ll be told the breathing pattern in all of the following instructions but for now, give your body and mind a lift and have a practice run:
Place your hands on each side of your rib cage. As you inhale slowly and deeply, you’ll feel the expansion out sideways, then exhale slowly. Inhale 5-10 seconds and exhale the same.
If you would enjoy reading a little of the history of the man who created all these exercises, you'll find it together with old pictures here:
These exercises and stretches are for people of all ages from 18 to 80. Easy to follow instructions are included, together with extensive information on topics such as pelvic floor exercise, osteoporosis exercises, balance & posture exercises.
There are pages to help with your balance, posture, core stretgth, pelvic floor, exercise for seniors and for people with osteoporosis. Here you will find links to specific exercises. Keep in mind though, that exercises are only doing the job by halves, you also simply MUST STRETCH. You find a similar links page of stretches here, at illustrated
Check out our collection of DVDs - you're sure to find one that is just right for you. There are 4: Core Strength Exercises, Stability Ball Exercises, Resistance Band Exercises & Stretching Exercises.