About Pilates

Pilates focuses on engaging the mind with the body to create exercises that involve the whole body. Every exercise is performed with attention to the breath, proper form and efficient movement patterns done as mat exercises or with equipment to tone and strengthen the body. Pilates strengthens the core, improves balance, increases coordination and decreases stress. The exercises are relatively safe, low impact and appropriate for any age. Pilates focuses on learning to move better so the benefits are felt in everyday life.

Key Benefits of Pilates:

  • Develops core abdominal strength
  • Improves posture, balance, coordination, stability and flexibility
  • Helps you develop a leaner and stronger body without building bulk
  • Reduces stress
  • Boosts your energy level
  • Works with the deepest muscles of the body to build strength and control
  • Improves mind/body awareness
  • Relieves pain, stiffness and tension
  • Exercises the muscles without causing pain or risking muscle tear or jarred joints
  • Suitable for ANYONE, regardless of age or level of fitness

History of Pilates

German-born fitness innovator Joseph H. Pilates (1881-1967) developed the Pilates exercise system in the 1920s. His interest in physical fitness stemmed from a determination to strengthen his own body and improve his health after a sickly childhood. With a background in yoga, Zen meditation, martial arts and other ancient fitness techniques plus some success as a gymnast, diver and boxer, Joseph Pilates devised a unique sequence of movements that worked the mind and muscle in harmony.  He fine-tuned his wellness regimen while interned in England during the First World War, claiming it helped him and his fellow internees resist an influenza epidemic. Working as an orderly at an infirmary, he engineered a way to rig springs on hospital beds to offer light resistance exercises to bedridden patients, and thus the seed for Pilates equipment  was planted.After the war, Joseph Pilates moved to New York and with his wife, Clara Pilates, opened up a studio near the New York City Ballet in 1926. It wasn’t long before he drew a following with dancers who took to Pilates for its ability to create long, lean muscles and a strong, streamlined physique.

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