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"A New Beginning"

MD Pilates

 

'In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body.' - Joseph Pilates
“The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.” - Jospeh Pilates
Pilates explained

In the 1920s, physical trainer Joseph Pilates introduced Pilates into America as a way to help injured athletes and dancers safely return to exercise and maintain their fitness. Since then, Pilates has been adapted to suit people in the general community.

Pilates can be an aerobic and non-aerobic form of exercise. It requires concentration and focus, because you move your body through precise ranges of motion. Pilates lengthens and stretches all the major muscle groups in your body in a balanced fashion. It requires concentration in finding a centre point to control your body through movement. Each exercise has a prescribed placement, rhythm and breathing pattern.

In Pilates, your muscles are never worked to exhaustion, so there is no sweating or straining, just intense concentration. The workout consists of a variety of exercise sequences that are performed in low repetitions, usually five to ten times, over a session of 45 to 90 minutes. Mat work and specialised equipment for resistance are used.

The Pilates method is taught to suit each person and exercises are regularly re-evaluated to ensure they are appropriate for that person. Due to the individual attention, this method can suit everybody from elite athletes to people with limited mobility, pregnant women and people with low fitness levels.

Classes are held in specialised Pilates studios, physiotherapy clinics or at your local leisure facility or community centre.

Health benefits of Pilates

The health benefits of Pilates include:

  • improved flexibility
  • increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the ‘core muscles’ of your body)
  • balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body
  • enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs
  • improved stabilisation of your spine
  • improved posture
  • rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
  • improved physical coordination and balance
  • relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back
  • safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries
  • prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
  • increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
  • improved concentration
  • increased body awareness
  • stress management and relaxation.
Pilates suitable for everyone

 

Pilates caters for everyone, from beginner to advanced. You can perform exercises using your own body weight, or with the help of various pieces of equipment.

A typical Pilates workout includes a number of exercises and stretches. Each exercise is performed with attention to proper breathing techniques and abdominal muscle control. To gain the maximum benefit, you should do Pilates at least two or three times per week. You may notice postural improvements after 10 to 20 sessions.

Pilates and challenging your body

Pilates is partly inspired by yoga, but is different in one key respect – yoga is made up of a series of static postures, while Pilates is based on putting yourself into unstable postures and challenging your body by moving your limbs.

For instance, imagine you are lying on your back, with bent knees and both feet on the floor. A Pilates exercise may involve straightening one leg so that your toes point to the ceiling, and using the other leg to slowly raise and lower your body. You need tight abdominal and buttock muscles to keep your hips square, and focused attention to stop yourself from tipping over.

Types of Pilates

The two basic forms of Pilates are:

  • Mat-based Pilates – this is a series of exercises performed on the floor using gravity and your own body weight to provide resistance. The main aim is to condition the deeper, supporting muscles of your body to improve posture, balance and coordination
  • Equipment-based Pilates – this includes specific equipment that works against spring-loaded resistance, including the ‘reformer’, which is a moveable carriage that you push and pull along its tracks. Some forms of Pilates include weights (such as dumbbells) and other types of small equipment that offer resistance to the muscles.

 

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About the Instructors

About Megan 
About Ellyn

I love keeping my body healthy and in shape, ever since I was a child I have enjoyed finding new ways to challenge my body. I studied health and fitness when I left school, through this I was introduced to Pilates and found that I saw the best results for whole body fitness through Pilates and soon developed a passion for it. I have learnt through BASI pilates and teach their methods. Sharing my knowledge and enjoyment for Pilates and being able to help others achieve their best through Pilates is not just a job to me but a passion. My purpose is to train the whole body for life not just for the moment.

 "I was introduced to Pilates about 8 years ago I was hooked! I have practised Pilates ever since. I love to exercise and find that Pilates complements my passion for running, dancing, pole dancing, staying healthy and fit. I love how Pilates tones and strengthens, gives you an amazing understanding of your body, increases flexibility whilst also providing moments of calm! It builds amazing strengthen while taking care of your body. Performing every moment with precision and control and in alignment you will find no better form of exercise. Plus, we have fun!

After school I worked in the corporate industry as a Mechanical Draughtswoman, I loved my job but it was not for me. Therefore, just taking a step back and listening to my calling. I had always a longing to be in the medical field and my passion lies there. After working at various studios, gaining valuable experience, teaching Pilates to students, I was able to work alongside Physiotherapists as well as doing house calls for Chiropractors.

I had my daughter in the winter of 2016 continuing my Pilates through my pregnancy. I found the balance of being a Mum and a Pilates Instructor very rewarding! During this time, I qualified as a Nutritional Therapist, Yoga Instructor and Massage Therapist.

I have worked with many clients with various injuries / problems or just clients who want to work hard and strive for a beautiful toned body. I am equipped to handle just about any beautiful challenge that comes my way. Working with kiddies, 80 year old souls, males who need to achieve their fitness goals, pregnant beauties (going right up to 9 months) and rehabilitating clients.

 

In September 2017 I was extremely blessed to have opened my very own boutique studio at Home. Being there for my family and being there for my amazing clients. Thank you to my amazing Husband Grant, Dad and Mom. I love you dearly. Thank you for making my dreams come true and to afford more time to take care of you and my clients!" - Megan Davies

Prices and Sessions

 

If you are passionate about Pilates of even just want to give something new a try, why not have look at our class times. Give it a try, you'll never know, you could end up with a new lifestyle of health and fitness.

We offer classes on a daily basis, on days from Monday through Saturday.

 

“Concentrate on the correct movement each time you exercise, lest you do them improperly and thus lose all vital benefits.” - Joseph Pilates

*prices are subject to change

We offer Trial classes for anyone that is interested with group sessions at no cost, and private and duo sessions at only R100-00

Address:

3 Eriksen Close,

Norscot,

Fourways

Phone:

082 315 1761

E-mail:

megan@mdpilates.co.za

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"MD Pilates helped me by felling good about myself again and having a goal to work towards" - Beate Brunn