Pilates, pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates, is a mind-body exercise system designed to optimize physical fitness in people at every level of physical ability. Joseph Pilates (1880–1967) was a German expatriate who first made his mark in England during WWI by developing a series of exercises and innovative equipment to help prisoners of war regain strength and mobility. When Joseph Pilates immigrated to New York, the local professional dance community discovered that his conditioning technique, called ‘Contrology’ helped prevent injury and improve strength while maintaining long, even muscle tone.
A Mat Pilates class at Inna Essence incorporates modern exercise principles, including contemporary thinking on spinal rehabilitation, fascial integration, muscle conditioning and athletic performance enhancement. We place a strong emphasis on scapular stabilization, lumbo-pelvic placement and postural alignment.
Pilates is essentially about re-educating your body, undoing the damage that years of stress and immobility inflict. By repeatedly holding certain corrective positions, our musculature starts to retain a memory of how they feel, and in time will actually adopt them automatically – without us having to think about them.
HIIT Mat Class
Do you love the fast results of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) but are really into the muscle-toning of Pilates?
This Pilates inspired HIIT Mat class is the perfect combination. Low impact but high intensity movements performed in short bursts, paired with the controlled toning exercises of Pilates.
Stretch & Flow Mat
A 40 minute class focusing on flow-based movements that stretch and lengthen your muscles. Good for anyone who is not a yogi but would like to improve their flexibility. This class is the perfect combination of Pilates principles paired with gentle yoga postures.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long are the sessions?
Mat Pilates classes run between 30 to 40 minutes.
Are your instructors qualified?
Yes absolutely. Our Pilates Instructors have completed advanced training with STOTT and APPI.
What do I need to wear?
Something comfortable that you can move freely in is recommended. Leggings paired with a singlet or top, as well as grippy dot socks for Reformer.
What time can I book a session?
We have Mat Pilates classes scheduled 6 days each week. You can view our timetable for all the available sessions and book via our Inna Essence app.
How much does a class cost?
Casual Pilates classes start from $20 per session. You can purchase a 10 Pack of classes or join our studio on a membership. All pricing options can be viewed here.
Do you provide all the equipment?
Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020, we did supply all mats and props. However, whilst we have our COVID-Safe plan in place, we request you bring your own mat, towel, and socks.
We would love to have a chat with you about how we can serve you.