joseph Pilates and six core principles

Pilates was developed by Joseph Hubertus Pilates, a gymnast, diver and body builder, who earned a living as a professional boxer, a circus performer and as a self defence trainer for police schools.  During the early 20th century Joseph drew together many of his practices, including yoga, gung fu, gymnastics, and developed a philosophical approach to whole body health that focuses on six core principles : centring, concentration, control, precision, breathing, and flow. 

in 1926 Joseph and his wife Clara developed “Contrology” currently known as the Pilates method. This method of physical culture rapidly drew enthusiasts, and a number of movement and rehabilitation professionals.  Joseph Pilates designed his exercises as a workout for the whole body. He believed the more muscles you use to perform a movement the more efficient that movement would be. Since his death in 1967, innovations and advancements to the core exercises have seen the method evolve.  Pilates, in it’s many forms is used in physical therapy and rehabilitation, dance and sports medicine, and in athletic training and conditioning, and for the pleasure of it.

Polestar is an evolved Pilates method, Pilates and Feldenkrais, integrating the original exercises with a contemporary understanding of movement science, health and fitness training.

Pilates is not about fancy moves, it is essentially a form of movement re-education. Pilates exercises are controlled, and use the breath to facilitate the movements, sometimes moving the body only a few centimetres, sometimes challenging one’s endurance, to work up a nice sweat. 

What to expect from a Pilates class :

It’s not about countless reps, but about the quality of the movements and doing them with control.

It's not about fancy moves, it is essentially a form of movement re-education. Part of the practice is using the breath to facilitate the movements, sometimes moving the body only a few centimetres, sometimes challenging one's endurance and working up a nice sweat.




When should I arrive for my first class?

Preferably, an Introductory class is your first port of call. People who take the opportunity to revisit or learn the positions and basic exercises with the instructor in a private environment, exhibit more ease and confidence when they attend their first group class.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start time of your first mat class. Once you arrive, and have filled out the reg form, you will have time to discuss your class goals and any physical limitations or medical conditions that you may have with the instructor.

What do I eat before class?

The day of your class, eat light meals and drink plenty of water.  Physical activity on an empty stomach is not ideal. At the same time, you do not want to be still full, as you may feel uncomfortable when exercising.

If you have long hair, you may want to tie it back during your practice.

Please avoid body oil, as well as makeup and sunscreen, lotions and creams as they may leave a residue on the equipment : please bring a towel or ask for one if you need one to protect the mat from stains.

How does it work :

Come in early enough to give yourself a few minutes to sort out what you need: change into clothes, ask questions, get a class card, and most importantly relax yourself onto a mat.

If the previous class has not yet finished, please use the waiting room or enter quietly to have a seat. Changing room/ toilets available.

Wear comfortable sports clothing, not too baggy.

Mats are provided, please avoid sunscreen, lotions and makeup or bring/ask for a towel.

Socks or bare feet, and bring a bottle or water.







Do I need to bring equipment?

All the equipment you need for your mat Pilates, is provided by the studio. However, if you have a mat and would like to bring it to your Pilates class, that is fine. You may also purchase one from Stream Pilates. 

What do I wear?

Feeling comfortable and warm or cool is important for relaxation and exploring the range of movement. Please wear clothes that you would take a walk in or wear to exercise. Clothes should be well fitted, not too baggy, with stretch in the fabric. 

Is Pilates done in bare feet? Mat Pilates exercises are done in bare feet or socks, grip socks are very enjoyable to practice in and can be found in sports stores or at the studio.

Lastly it is suggested if you are having a body treatment, such as osteopathy, acupuncture or massage, that you do not attend class directly before or after. Please inform the instructor of any considerations that your practitioner or GP have suggested, so that they may modify your exercise.