What Is Pilates?

The Pilates Method is an exercise system that was created by Joseph Pilates over 75 years ago. Pilates exercises utilize controlled movement, breathing and coordination to strengthen, stretch and uniformly develop our bodies. In the Pilates system, exercises are performed on specialized equipment as well as on the mat. With a focus on whole-body engagement, breath and rhythm, balanced muscle utilization, concentration, control, precision and coordinated flowing movement, Joseph Pilates believed that the body can be transformed into a healthier, stronger and happier state of being.

Pilates re-patterns, realigns, strengthens and defines the body. As a result, poor postural habits are corrected, flexibility and range of motion are improved and movement is made easier and safer because your entire body is working together in a stronger and more balanced way. It’s likely that you’ll notice an improvement in aches and pain. Unlike many exercise regimes, Pilates has withstood the test of time because it works. In fact, in the last few years, Pilates fitness and conditioning has become more popular than ever.

Pilates exercises can be modified to benefit anyone at any age and any fitness level. Pilates teaches you to be in control of your body and not at its mercy. With some patience and commitment to a Pilates practice, you will not only look better but feel better too!

The Power of Pilates

Everyone benefits from Pilates in their own unique way but the Pilates Method offers many unchanging and invaluable benefits such as:

  • Increased overall body strength & flexibility
  • Increased energy & endurance
  • Leaner & more toned muscles
  • Strong abs & a powerful core
  • Improved posture
  • Deeper, healthier breathing
  • Healthier bones & joints
  • Reduction of body aches & pains
  • Improved circulation & stress relief
  • Better balance & coordination

“If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are
young”

 

Joseph Pilates