Developed by the late Joseph Pilates (1880-1967), the Pilates method is a mind-body conditioning programme initially designed for rehabilitation purposes during the early twentieth century. Pilates was later adopted by dancers as its philosophy blended well with their focus on core strength, co-ordination, flexibility and posture.
Pilates is based on a set of principles which exercise the whole body through a range of mat and equipment based exercises. Pilates combines the co-ordination of deep postural and stability muscles, breathing and arm & leg movements with postural correction, suppleness and flexibility. With regular practice, Pilates positively changes the body. The method has seen a resurgence in popularity over recent years and continues to expand since Joseph's death.
More recently Pilates has been adopted by athletes, fitness enthusiasts and within the health rehabilitation sector. Pilates is suitable for all ages and levels of ability. Scientific research is beginning to provide evidence of its effectiveness on reducing pain, improving physical function, movement and well being.
Here at APPI we have our own unique method of Pilates called the ‘APPI Method'. Our method is now the worlds foremost rehabilitation and clinical pilates method with programs in 22 countries worldwide. Our state of the art London centres are the home of the ‘APPI Method' and our teachers are the best in the world. As we developed the program our team are always updated with the latest knowledge on the program and how to maximise its benefits. Many centres around London now offer Pilates but none are the home of the method that is now changing the world of rehabilitation and movement.
Hear our founder Glenn Withers talk about Pilates and the ‘APPI Method':
One to One Pilates Sessions
One to one Pilates sessions are the most effective route to optimal success! Typically, long term injuries are best treated with a combination of Physiotherapy and one to one Pilates sessions. This allows for the Physiotherapist to closely assess you and devise a Rehabilitation Pilates programme best suited for your individual needs.
Reformer Pilates Classes
Reformer Pilates classes, or equipment Pilates classes, are a very popular choice for our clients. We offer a wide range of reformer classes so that everyone can enjoy the versatility and dynamics of the Pilates reformer in an affordable and sociable class setting. Reformer Pilates classes are taught by a Physiotherapist and designed to improve tone, muscle strength, cardiovascular endurance, balance, coordination, flexibility, mobility and posture. An initial consultation with a Physiotherapist is required to ensure that you are best suited to classes, as some injuries will require closer supervision and treatment. There is a maximum of 6 clients in each class. These 55 minute classes are sold in blocks of ten or twenty, or you can pay as you go.
Mat Pilates Classes
An initial consultation with a Physiotherapist is required to ensure that you are best suited to classes, as some injuries will require closer supervision and treatment. The class content is progressive to maximise your improvement and learning of Pilates. These 55 minute classes are sold in blocks of ten or twenty, or you can pay as you go. Many of our clients find these classes an effective complements to their one to one or semi private studio sessions.