What is Pilates?
Pilates is a physical fitness method that was developed in the early 20th century by Joseph H. Pilates. Pilates developed this method which he called "Contrology" to strengthen his own body due to many childhood illness. It was so effective that he used it to rehabilitate soldiers helping them regain their health during the First World War.
Joseph H. Pilates believed that mental and physical health were essential to one another, creating a total body conditioning. Pilates corrects alignment and improves posture using six key principles: centering, concentration, control, precision, breathing, and flowing movement. The Pilates method uses fewer, more precise movements, requiring control and technique over increased repetition. Mat work is the whole foundation of "Contrology".
Pilates also incorporates different apparatus allowing people to isolate their muscles to better build strength and flexibility. As a result, one achieves a longer, leaner muscle mass.
There are a multitude of benefits: You can expect overall lengthening, greatly improved flexibility and increased core strength. Alignment and postural correction will have you holding yourself differently, standing taller, sitting straighter and moving with better balance and coordination.
You will leave your sessions with increased energy levels, a clear, focused mindset and a body that feels strong and in control having been through a challenging workout.
“If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30 you are old. If you are completely flexible at 60 you are young.. ”
— Joseph Pilates, 1939