Pilates, pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates (1880-1967), is a unique mind-body exercise system that develops body awareness and stretches, strengthens and streamlines the muscles to create a firm, toned, flexible and balanced body. Joseph Pilates was a German expatriate who first made his mark in England during the First World War when he developed a series of exercises and innovative equipment to help prisoners of war regain strength and mobility.
When Joseph Pilates emigrated to New York, the local professional dance community discovered that his conditioning techniques helped prevent injury and improve strength while maintaining long, even muscle tone. The pilates repertoire consists of more than 500 systematic, mind-body exercises that can be performed on a mat or on specialised equipment, such as the reformer.
Yorkshire Dales Pilates provides effective and enjoyable apparatus and matwork pilates instruction for men and women of all ages and all levels of fitness.