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Pilates

Benefits of Pilates

Reduce stress and improve posture

Pilates was initially developed as a rehabilitative tool. Joseph Pilates believed that poor posture goes hand-in-hand with poor health. He believed that by having awareness of breath and of the alignment of the spine, we can strengthen the deep torso and abdominal muscles, and reduce stress.

Improve health, concentration and body awareness

Pilates focuses on spinal mobilization which is key to maintaining a young and youthful body. Pilates requires concentration and is very specific. Therefore, clients develop an awareness of the body like never before and are able to correct imbalances.

Who can do Pilates?

Everyone! Men who are pro fighters or training for film roles requiring an incredibly built physique have used Pilates to achieve their fitness goals. The elderly, sick and pregnant have benefitted from Pilates. Kids and athletes, the fit and unfit. Pilates can transform and improve all bodies but always make sure that your instructor is qualified and certified to teach you if you have special needs such as pregnancy or illness. 

“A man is as young as his spinal column”

– Joseph Pilates

Who was Joseph Pilates?

Joseph Pilates was born in 1880. Although he was a sickly child, he developed himself into a strong athlete. He was an accomplished skier, gymnast and boxer. By 1914 he had become a star. When WWI broke out he was put in a camp for enemy aliens in the UK, due to being German. There he taught wrestling and self-defence. It was here that he began refining and teaching his minimal equipment system of mat exercises that later became “Contrology” and what we refer to today as “Pilates”.

He was later transferred to another camp where he helped out in the sick bay. He became something of a nurse and worked with many internees suffering from illness and incarceration. Joseph took the springs from the beds and rigged them up to the bed posts as exercise apparatus for the bedridden. Thus was born the Trapezium table (“Trap Table”) later known as The Cadillac. When the 1918 ‘flu epidemic swept the world (it killed millions), none of Joe’s followers succumbed.

After the war, Joe Pilates returned to Germany and began training the Hamburg Military Police in self-defence and physical training. In 1923 Joe Pilates was invited to train the New German Army but, because he was not happy with the political direction of Germany, he decided to leave. On the urging of boxing expert Nat Fleischer, Joe Pilates moved to the U.S.  Upon arriving in New York City, Joe and his wife Clara took over a boxing gym in the same building as several dance studios and rehearsal spaces.

It was this proximity that made “Controlology” such an intrinsic part of the life, rehab and training of many dancers: They were sent to Joe to be “fixed”.Clara Pilates continued to teach and run the studio until the end of her life in 1977. Initially, Hollywood celebrities discovered Pilates via Ron Fletcher’s studio in Beverly Hills. The Pilates fitness craze blossomed from there. Joseph called his style of fitness “Controlology”, but the public call it simply “Pilates”.

After the war, Joe Pilates returned to Germany and began training the Hamburg Military Police in self-defence and physical training. In 1923 Joe Pilates was invited to train the New German Army but, because he was not happy with the political direction of Germany, he decided to leave. On the urging of boxing expert Nat Fleischer, Joe Pilates moved to the U.S.  Upon arriving in New York City, Joe and his wife Clara took over a boxing gym in the same building as several dance studios and rehearsal spaces.

It was this proximity that made “Controlology” such an intrinsic part of the life, rehab and training of many dancers: They were sent to Joe to be “fixed”.Clara Pilates continued to teach and run the studio until the end of her life in 1977. Initially, Hollywood celebrities discovered Pilates via Ron Fletcher’s studio in Beverly Hills. The Pilates fitness craze blossomed from there. Joseph called his style of fitness “Controlology”, but the public call it simply “Pilates”.

“A man is as young as his spinal column”

 – Joseph Pilates

Benefits of Pilates

Reduce stress and improve posture

Pilates was initially developed as a rehabilitative tool. Joseph Pilates believed that poor posture goes hand-in-hand with poor health. He believed that by having awareness of breath and of the alignment of the spine, we can strengthen the deep torso and abdominal muscles, and reduce stress.

Improve health, concentration and body awareness

Pilates focuses on spinal mobilization which is key to maintaining a young and youthful body. Pilates requires concentration and is very specific. Therefore, clients develop an awareness of the body like never before and are able to correct imbalances.

Who can do Pilates?

Everyone! Men who are pro fighters or training for film roles requiring an incredibly built physique have used Pilates to achieve their fitness goals. The elderly, sick and pregnant have benefitted from Pilates. Kids and athletes, the fit and unfit. Pilates can transform and improve all bodies but always make sure that your instructor is qualified and certified to teach you if you have special needs such as pregnancy or illness. 

Who was Joseph Pilates?

Joseph Pilates was born in 1880. Although he was a sickly child, he developed himself into a strong athlete. He was an accomplished skier, gymnast and boxer. By 1914 he had become a star. When WWI broke out he was put in a camp for enemy aliens in the UK, due to being German. There he taught wrestling and self-defence. It was here that he began refining and teaching his minimal equipment system of mat exercises that later became “Contrology” and what we refer to today as “Pilates”.

He was later transferred to another camp where he helped out in the sick bay. He became something of a nurse and worked with many internees suffering from illness and incarceration. Joseph took the springs from the beds and rigged them up to the bed posts as exercise apparatus for the bedridden. Thus was born the Trapezium table (“Trap Table”) later known as The Cadillac. When the 1918 ‘flu epidemic swept the world (it killed millions), none of Joe’s followers succumbed.

After the war, Joe Pilates returned to Germany and began training the Hamburg Military Police in self-defence and physical training. In 1923 Joe Pilates was invited to train the New German Army but, because he was not happy with the political direction of Germany, he decided to leave. On the urging of boxing expert Nat Fleischer, Joe Pilates moved to the U.S.  Upon arriving in New York City, Joe and his wife Clara took over a boxing gym in the same building as several dance studios and rehearsal spaces.

It was this proximity that made “Controlology” such an intrinsic part of the life, rehab and training of many dancers: They were sent to Joe to be “fixed”.Clara Pilates continued to teach and run the studio until the end of her life in 1977. Initially, Hollywood celebrities discovered Pilates via Ron Fletcher’s studio in Beverly Hills. The Pilates fitness craze blossomed from there. Joseph called his style of fitness “Controlology”, but the public call it simply “Pilates”.

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TESTIMONIALS

"A pleasure to work with"

As the founder of Forge Fitness + Performance, a boutique luxury gym in Dubai, I'm thrilled to see our commitment to excellence making waves in the city. Nika has always impressed our high-profile clients and celebrities with her genuine warmth, exceptional skills, and extensive knowledge. Clients simply adore Nika. I first collaborated with Nika over a decade ago. She effortlessly connects with people from diverse cultures. Especially in a city known for its high standards, ensuring our clients always receive the best experience possible. Nika's ethical approach and compassionate nature make her a pleasure to work with, and I highly recommend her.

Phillip Elder
Owner and founder of Forge Fitness + Performance, Dubai

"Lovely compassionate teacher"

Nika is a lovely compassionate teacher and was offered a position as a regular instructor at The Source (my pilates studio and teacher training facility). While teaching Pilates with us, Nika showed up as reliable, a team player, and a lovely individual who we enjoyed having in our space. Clients loved working with Nika and I would happily recommend Nika for a position.

Renee Watson
Owner and founder of The Source and Concious Movement Education

"Dedication, professionalism and positive impact"

I have witnessed first-hand her dedication, professionalism, and positive impact on people. I am confident that Nika will be a tremendous facilitator in any coaching process as she has consistently demonstrated an exceptional ability to develop and mentor individuals of various skill levels and in various professions. Her personalized coaching style, combined with a deep understanding of the people's individual strengths, has enabled many to improve their skills and achieve their goals. She creates a supportive and inclusive environment that fosters respect and personal growth and has outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. Moreover, Nika is highly committed to consistently facilitate the balancing of personal and professional responsibilities, and she works collaboratively with the individuals being coached to develop strategies for success. Her commitment to giving back to the community continues to have a positive impact with those she is involved with. In conclusion, I wholeheartedly endorse Nika as a coach and am confident that her skills, dedication, and passion will make a significant and lasting contribution to any one.

Carla Fortunato
Master Facilitator and Founder of Turnkey Solutions International consultancy Practice and lead coaching certification educator

"Nika seeks to bring out the 'gold' in people"

Nika’s suitability to work with people comes from her heart, she has a warmth and enthusiasm to engage fully and in the moment with people from all walks of life.  Nika is bright minded, intelligent, well traveled and is creative in her problem solving and reliable in all stages of relationship. She is a kind, safe person with a good knowledge of boundaries and a loving and cheerful manner. Nika seeks to bring out the “gold” in people without being blind to the truth of what is actually going on in stressful situations. Nika has a genuine zest for daily life. Inspiration plus a wealth of experience and sound knowledge inform Nika’s work.

Jane F, Australia
Counsellor and Non Profit program Coordinator

"I highly recommend Nika"

Nika was extremely patient, knowledgeable, very aware of my limitations at the time, and worked magic on my knee. She has a charming smile putting me at ease totally. I highly recommend Nika. Physio never helped, and I am now able to bend my knee entirely from her Pilates and Stretching classes, starting slowly with knee bends, leg bends, and other stretching poses , progressing to total use.

73 Year Old Client
Suffering with Knee Injury

"Transformative"

Struggling with lower back injuries and postpartum recovery, I was determined to regain my athletic abilities for activities like Tough Mudder contests. Despite my prior experience with exercise and instructors, my sessions with Nika stood out. Her expertise in deep somatic breath and stretch techniques, combined with her exceptional knowledge of anatomy and muscles, brought immense relief and relaxation during a stressful time. Nika guided me from a state of fight or flight to profound relaxation. Nika's method of breaking down core Pilates exercises was transformative; I finally mastered the correct connections and techniques, transforming my practice. I value my sessions with Nika, and her warmth and kindness resonate with my five-year-old son as much as they do with me. She is genuinely dedicated to health and wellness, as well as humanitarian and pro bono initiatives, spending time serving many with her skill set.

Katie T , London UK
Law firm exec and Career mum

"Exceptional Pilates Instructor"

Nika is an exceptional Pilates instructor and possesses an intuitive awareness of the human body. The private Pilates lessons that she gave me were the main reason that I was able to overcome a number of recurring injuries and resulted in true rehabilitation for my body. My work requires me to carry 25 kg (55lbs) of weapons and equipment for up to 14 hours a day under austere conditions. This, along with training as a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) cage fighter for over 12 years, resulted in me picking up a number of recurring injuries, and muscle strength imbalances in my body. As my physical strength and wellbeing is of huge importance to me in operating as a security professional, it was essential that I rectified the issues that I was facing to continue to operate at my peak. My posture, focus, strength, endurance and overall sense of wellbeing improved significantly. It has been life changing. Nika is a conscientious and focussed instructor and her knowledge of Pilates and other aspects of health (such as diet) is vast. I believe that any athlete, professional or person seeking a healthier and stronger body will benefit from Nika’s lessons and recommend her as a world-class Pilates instructor of the highest level.

Client
MMA Fighter/Special Forces

"Her encouragement and positive reinforcement make every session enjoyable and motivating."

I recently had the privilege of working with Nika in 1-1 stretching and somatic release sessions focused on improving my mobility and flexibility. She is a truly exceptional person whose expertise and compassion have significantly impacted me. Nika’s experience is great but it’s her genuine warmth, kindness and dedication that impacted me the most. She took the time to truly understand my needs and tailored her approach to ensure personalised and effective instruction. Her encouragement and positive reinforcement make every session enjoyable and motivating. Nika’s commitment to her clients’ well-being goes above and beyond, creating a trusting and supportive environment. I wholeheartedly recommend Nika to anyone seeking to enhance their mobility and flexibility.

Doctor, UK

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