What Is Pilates?

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The benefits of Pilates have something to offer everyone, whatever your activity level, shape, size and personal or professional goal. From the novice, inactive person to the professional athlete, The Pilates Method is a systematic approach to whole body and mind fitness.

Pilates redefines the body and redistributes weight, creating functional strength and shapely curves. There is an emphasis on the core center of the body, stabilization of the spine, proper joint alignment and injury prevention. Pilates emphasizes self-awareness and enhances the mind-body connection.

Principles of Pilates

Concentration and Imagination

Pilates Benefits

Strengthens the core center of the body
Improves flexibility, coordination and balance
Redistributes body weight
Lengthens, balances and streamlines the muscles
Improves posture and alignment
Improves mind body awareness

Joseph Pilates

Joseph Pilates developed his unique system of exercise in the early 1900’s in Germany. His methods sprung from his determination to overcome his own physical challenges as a child including asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. Pilates developed the apparatus equipment that is still used today during World War 1. While interned in a prison camp he devised methods to help immobile patients move limbs, lengthen the spine and develop core strength using hospital beds, chairs and springs. Today, Pilates has become a popular and useful tool for improving fitness, flexibility, rehabilitation and prevention of injury for all populations.