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BENEFITS OF PILATES

Classical Pilates is the ultimate exercise system that focuses on strength, movement and mindfulness and is suitable for all ages and levels. By bringing this system into your life you are investing in your body now so it will look after you in the future.


Working and following the principles created by Joseph Pilates you can dramatically transform the way your body looks, feels and performs. Pilates is more than just a workout, it’s a movement that improves your quality of life in a variety of ways.


There are so many benefits to list, but we have noted some of our favourites below;

  • Improves flexibility, strength & muscle tone.

  • Improves posture & strengthens the spine.

  • Reduces everyday pain & fatigue.

  • Develops core strength.

  • It can assist with the recovery from injury/surgery.

  • Improves sports performance & prevents injury.

  • Supports pre/post-natal care.


Whether you are new to Classical Pilates or a highly experienced athlete, the Pilates method works like no other discipline. Prepare to be challenged and work muscles you never knew you had.



About Joseph Pilates


This remarkable & proven system that we teach at Exhale Pilates London was created by Joseph Hubertus Pilates born in 1883 in Germany.

In 1912 he moved to England to further his training as a boxer and to teach boxing and self-defence. In 1914 after WW1 he was interned in a camp for enemy aliens in Lancaster. It was there he taught wrestling and self-defence and where he started to devise his system of original exercises that later became ‘Contrology’. He was transferred to another camp on the Isle of Man and became a nurse helping with wartime diseases and injured. It was in these hospitals that he created equipment to rehabilitate them taking springs from the bed and providing exercises to the bed ridden.

In 1926 he moved to New York after being invited to train the New York German Army and opened up his first studio in a part of town close to several dance studios. It was in this studio he continued developing and refining his method and apparatus right up to his death in 1967.

It is due to the support of his teachers from all around the world that allows us to keep this legacy alive. A legacy that is endorsed and recommended by Physiotherapist, Osteopath’s, General Practitioners & Sports coaches.

“I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier” Joseph Pilates