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Pilates is a physical fitness system that was developed in the early 20th century by Joe Pilates. His method was developed to help soldiers during WWI. Inspired by the springs of hospital beds he began rehabilitating the sick and infirm. Pilates called his method Contrology. It is a system of physical, mental, and emotional conditioning. Pilates holistic approach brings balance to themind and body. Pilates believed that mental and physical health were interrelated. If the two are working in harmony you will feel happier in all areas of your life. This allows for a good spirit.
Pilates is workout that is preferred for both rehabilitation and healing, while also being challenging for the seasoned athlete. It is a low impact workout that focuses on strengthening the core and elongating rather than bulking musculature. Pilates focuses largely on correct breathing, spinal and pelvis alignment, and a concentration of smooth flowing movements. Pilates creates a strong core with exercises concentrating on the deep abdominal muscles and muscles lining the spine. These muscles are developed through exercises requiring balance and discipline by having control over body movements. The moves elongate the muscles and make them leaner, improving joint mobility and flexibility. Due to the even development of the muscles, pilates improves posture due to a strong core and back muscles for support. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured.
Regardless of age, ability or fitness level, pilates is for everyone. Regular practitioners of pilates feel a heightened sense of awareness in their bodies experiencing less pain and increased mobility and freedom. This ultimately leads to satisfaction in life!
. Longer, leaner muscles
. Core strength and flexibility
. Proper breathing
. Ease back pain
. Injury Prevention
. Balanced musculature
. Enhanced athletic performance
. Better posture and improved balance and coordination
. Improve muscle elasticity and joint mobility
. Whole body awareness
"Change happens through movement and movement heals"