- Monday 13:30-15:30
- Tuesday 13:00-14:00
- Wednesday 14:00-18:00
- Thursday 05:30-06:30 & 13:00-15:00
- Friday 17:00-18:00
- Saturday 14:00-18:00
What is Pilates?
Pilates is the modern name for the exercise regime designed by Joseph Hubert Pilates during the 1930’s and 1940’s. He taught and practiced the regime called ‘Contrology’ throughout his life.
Joseph Pilates defined ‘Contrology’ as the complete coordination of body, mind and spirit. The objective is to develop the body uniformly, to restore physical vitality, invigorate the mind, correct posture and elevate the spirit.
Pilates mapped the Contrology Road to Health, teaching people to take responsibility for their own well-being, based on the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer, ‘To neglect one’s body for any other advantage in life is the greatest of follies’.
Contrology seeks to attain its objective by teaching you to purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then to acquire the natural rhythm and coordination associated with all your subconscious activities, through regular correct repetition of the exercise.
The exercises are interesting and varied and designed to exercise all your muscles, from minor to larger muscle groups.Contrology exercises are designed to improve your circulation while protecting against undue strain on your heart.
The base of exercise is correct breathing, which means inhaling and exhaling completely, squeezing all impure oxygen from your lungs before replenishing with fresh air. Correct deep breathing stimulates muscles into greater activity, resulting in more effective exercise.
“In 10 sessions, you feel better, 20 sessions you look better, 30 sessions you have a completely new body.”
Joseph H. Pilates
BAEd (Admin) Pacific Western University
Advanced Classical Pilates Instructor
Christina was born and schooled in Krugersdorp where she matriculated at Monument High School. Her sporting activities included horse riding, swimming and provincial netball till Matric. She began water skiing and speed skiing in her early high school days. Her accomplishments include passing 3rd year Physiotherapist, and then going on to study education and receive various diplomas for Fitness and Aerobics. Christina keeps in touch with the latest developments in the health, wellness & fitness industry and is registered to do international qualification in Golf and Pilates in early 2014. Christina is looking forward to providing Classical Pilates courses throughout 2014!
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
See a list of her achievements below:
1981 – USA Tour speed skiing
1982 – First woman to receive Springbok colours in water skiing
1982 SA Games – gold medal
Studied Physiotherapy at UP (passed 3rd year)
1988 – 1989: European Tour
1989 – 1992: Far east
1995: BAEdPacific Western University
On returning to South Africa Christina obtained the following qualifications:
1995: Reebok Instructor’s Alliance – Aerobic Teacher’s Diploma
1998: Springbok colours in Bodybuilding
SA Tour to Europe, World Championships, Manresa, Spain
1999: Reebok, Professional Health and Fitness Diploma
2003: NSCA ( National Strength and Conditioning Association) university of Pretoria,
Certified in Program Design, exercise techniques and orginazation.
2006: Registered Core Girdle of Strength
2008: Certified as Advanced Classical Pilates Instructor by Master Trainer Natasha Madel,
(3rd generation trainer, trained by Romana Kryzanowska), Houghton, Jhb.
2009: Actively involved in training upcoming Pilates Instructors (classical Pilates Method)
2010: James Raaf & Ass: Pilates and Kids