What Makes Body Control Pilates Different?
Body Control Pilates exercises have been developed for both mat and machine work. They are adapted from the ‘classical’ exercises developed by Joseph Pilates. We believe that many of these classical exercises are often not suitable for the average person and the average body. In order for someone to work safely and effectively and to gain the full benefits of Pilates, these classical exercises should be broken down to establish good movement skills thus building the best possible foundation upon which to progress towards the classical, more advanced work. This is the essence of the Body Control Pilates Method.
Body Control Pilates is remarkably effective – and medically-approved. It is of an holistic nature, being based upon a well-constructed philosophical foundation. Central to the Method is ‘awareness of your own body’ and each and every exercise is built around its eight basic principles:
By working on the deep architectural structure of the body, ‘core stability’ is achieved, and then maintained, through increasingly complex movement sequences. Specific problem-areas can be targeted by an exercise, but always in relation to the rest of one’s body.
Your body awareness is heightened by bringing together mind and body – Body Control Pilates literally teaches you to be in control of your body, allowing you to handle stress more effectively and achieve relaxation more easily.
Body Control Pilates: International Leaders in Pilates
The Body Control Pilates Method has evolved from the work of Joseph Pilates. They have created a repertoire of exercises – many unique to their approach – that teach the movement skills needed to gain maximum benefit from Pilates, whether on mat or machine.
All Body Control Pilates teachers work to a Code of Practice that governs teaching standards and professional ethics. All teachers hold valid insurance and CPR Certification.
Body Control Pilates is widely seen as a benchmark for safe and effective teaching of the highest quality. Qualified instructors have completed comprehensive training course in Body Control Pilates mat work and work to a laid down Code of Practice governing teaching standards, professional’s ethics and continuing education. This ensures that teachers continue to build their own skills and knowledge on a regular basis.
The UK National Standard for Pilates
The UK is the first country in the world to have a national standard governing the teaching of Pilates mat work. It is endorsed by Skills Active and the Register of Exercise Professionals and is recognised by the European Health and Fitness Association. Body Control Pilates was the first specialist Pilates training provider to receive approval against this standard and all teachers who graduate are automatically recognised as meeting the national standard (Level 3 Pilates Teacher).
The Development of Body Control Pilates
The first Body Control Pilates company was founded in London in 1995 and the first matwork teacher training course was held in South Kensington in 1996, shortly before the publication of the ground-breaking book ‘Body Control The Pilates Way’ (Lynne Robinson and Gordon Thomson, Pan Macmillan). This was the world’s first curriculum-based course for prospective Pilates teachers. Since that time, almost 1,000 students have chosen Body Control Pilates as their training provider, many of them having enrolled for one of the increasing number of courses held in conjunction with their training partners outside the UK.
All Body Control Pilates teachers are members of the Body Control Pilates Association, a ‘not for profit’ organisation that exists to safeguard the standards and quality of Body Control Pilates teaching, as well as to provide a unique support network for the 800 Body Control Pilates teachers worldwide. The work of the teachers is supplemented by a wide range of books (Lynne Robinson and co-authors) and DVDs (Lynne Robinson) that are available internationally, total sales of which are approaching 4 million units.
The Body Control Pilates Method can work for everyone, regardless of fitness level! Exercises can be mat or machine based, but mat-work exercises have a great attraction in that they need no special equipment, and are particularly safe for those with back problems (and don’t forget that 95% of the UK population has, or has had, backache). Its consistent success rate in solving such problems has brought it to the attention of osteopaths, chiropractors, physiotherapists and homeopathic doctors. In fact, many osteopaths and physiotherapists are now setting up Pilates studios as part of their practices.