English Pilates in Madrid

If you want to practice Pilates, strengthen your core and tone your body please do not hesitate to book a session with Maxifisio. All sessions last 55 minutes, working with English speaking physiotherapist Maria Moreno who will guide you and explain how to perform each exercise step by step.

Maxifisio offers equipment and matwork sessions in studio (one-to-ones and duets) and group classes in the Salamanca area of Madrid: Pilates equipment and mat (Reformer, tower, split-pedal chair and ladder barrel), pregnancy Pilates, postnatal Pilates and Yogilates* (maximum 5 people per class). If you are interested in a group class please check our class timetable. For details on where to find us please visit our contact page.

Maxifisio also offers home visits (matwork only) and group Pilates matwork and Yogilates classes at your home and workplace (minimum 3 people per class). For more information please do not hesitate to contact us.

* Yogilates is a fusion of Pilates incorporating some Yoga movements.

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What is Pilates?

Pilates (also known as Contrology or Pilates method) was created in the early twentieth century by Joseph H. Pilates. Pilates considers the body and mind as a unit and consists of a set of exercises based on stretching and strengthening that avoid impact on the joints and the spine, always working from the “centre” or “powerhouse” (as Joseph Pilates called it himself) where the energy and movement originate.

Pilates focuses on the quality of movement and not on its quantity. Each exercise is initiated by activating the “centre” and is performed with precision and control. At the same time each movement must be coordinated with the breathing and for this we need concentration. The ultimate goal is to create a nice flow of movement.

The basic principles of Pilates are:

  • Centering
  • Concentration
  • Control
  • Precision
  • Breath
  • Flow

The exercises can be performed using the equipment (Reformer, Cadillac, Ladder Barrel and Split-pedal stability chair) or on the mat. All exercises begin with the stabilisation of the centre of the body, therefore Pilates can be used for fitness or rehabilitation depending on the needs of each individual. The movements are always controlled and precise and can be adapted to all ages and conditions: children, adolescents, adults, athletes, pregnant women, postnatal women, patients with osteoporosis, elderly patients, patients with reduced mobility, etc.

Pilates strengthens the deep postural muscles and the superficial ones, therefore it’s a total workout in which we tone the whole body. We achieve muscular and functional balance and increase control, strength and flexibility while supporting the spine and joints.

Benefits of Pilates:
  • Strengthens the deep abdominals and pelvic floor muscles
  • Strengthens the postural muscles of the spine and trunk
  • Helps prevent back pain
  • Tones the whole body
  • Helps prevent pain during pregnancy and aids recovery during the postnatal period
  • Improves flexibility
  • Improves posture and postural awareness
  • Improves coordination
  • Reduces stress levels
  • Enhances sports performance