Reformer Pilates at Spiritual Athletica


I'm pleased to advise that Stef is teaching Reformer Pilates at Spiritual Athletica since April 1 at 9.30am and from May 1, also Wednesdays at 7.30pm. A mat Pilates class is also in the works. Details to be advised or call Stef or Amanda on 0434 556 605, or click on the above website link for class schedules, prices and packages. 




About Pilates - Who was Joseph Pilates?

German - born gymnast and body builder Joseph Pilates (1881-1967) developed his exercise system in the early 1920's in order to improve his own physical strength and health. He moved to England in 1912 and earned a living as a professional boxer, circus performer and self defence trainer for Scotland Yard. 

Pilates came to believe that the "modern" life-style, bad posture, and inefficient breathing lay at the roots of poor health. He ultimately devised a series of exercises and training techniques, and engineered all the equipment, specifications, and tuning required to teach his methods properly.

During WW1 Joseph Pilates, along with other German citizens, was interned by British Authorities where he taught wrestling and self defence.  He ultimately devised a series of exercises and training techniques, and engineered all the equipment, specifications, and tuning required to teach his methods properly. It was there that he began refining and teaching his minimal equipment system of mat exercises that later became "Contrology". He engineered a way to rig springs to hospital beds to offer light resistance for bedridden patients, which later, in a refined product,  became known as the Reformer.

After briefly returning to Germany after the war and collaborating with important experts in dance and physical exercise, he migrated the the USA in 1925. On the ship to America, he met his future wife Clara. The couple founded a studio in New York City and directly taught and supervised their students well into the 1960s. "Contrology", related to encouraging the use of the mind to control muscles, focusing attention on core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and provide support for the spine. In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and of alignment of the spine, and strengthen the deep torso and abdominal muscles. 

Joseph and Clara Pilates soon established a devoted following in the local dance and performing-arts community of New York. Well-known dancers such as George Balanchine, who arrived in the United States in 1933, and Martha Graham, who had come to New York in 1923, became devotees and regularly sent their students to the Pilates for training and rehabilitation. His exercise regimen built flexibility, strength and stamina. Soon after it became known that ballerinas were attending the Pilates gym on 8th Avenue, society women followed.

Joseph Pilates wrote several books, including "Return to Life through Contrology" and "Your Health", and he was also a prolific inventor, with over 26 patents cited. Joe and Clara had a number of disciples who continued to teach variations of his method or, in some cases, focused exclusively on preserving the method and the instructor-training techniques they had learned during their studies with Joe and Clara.

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Core Strength | Core Stability | Breathing

You’ve heard those terms before haven't you?

Pilates is a body conditioning program, designed to teach efficient movement patterns and enhance posture. The exercises will be performed slowly, with control and with an emphasis on breathing. 


In a Pilates class we want to focus on technique and quality, rather than quantity and focus on core, upper back and gluteals. Especially for those who sit at the desk with rounded shoulders, those areas are weakened. 


And we also want to bring your mind to your body.  


Pilates builds strength without excess bulk, capable of creating a sleek, toned body with slender thighs and a flat abdomen. (Yeah, we know – who doesn’t want that?)

It is a safe, sensible exercise system that will help you look and feel your very best. It teaches body awareness, good posture and easy, graceful movement. Pilates also improves flexibility, agility and economy of motion. It can even help alleviate back pain.