Joseph Pilates first developed the practice in New York City in the 1920s and it is now popular with millions of people around the world. Pilates is a disciplined practice which helps to elevate mind, body and spirit. A whole body workout, Pilates requires small movements for specific areas of the body to improve muscle tone, balance, flexibility and strength. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels, the basic principles are taught to include safe exercise and movements alongside breathing techniques.
Success Retreats has Pilates holidays offering two different styles of Pilates, Mat Pilates and Reformer Pilates. The key differences being mat-based Pilates works on using your body resistance and requires no equipment whilst reformer Pilates incorporates the use of an elevated machine.
Mat-based Pilates teaches all the fundamental principles so it is a good place for beginners to start. Learn all about centering, concentration, control, precision, breath and flow as you practice the different movements from your mat on the floor.
If you have already practiced mat-based Pilates, reformer Pilates might appeal for more of a workout to build up a strong core with extra intensity to exercises through resistance using a machine (a sliding metal bed with springs and pullies).
Kelly's Pilates Retreat in East Sussex
East Sussex, UK
17 - 20 May 2024
Twin from £775pp
Jade's Spanish Pilates & Yoga Retreat
Costa Blanca, Spain
16 - 20 September 2024
Twin from £850pp
Lou’s Marrakesh Pilates & Yoga Retreat
06 - 10 November 2024
Twin from £895pp