What is Pilates?
The Pilates Method is a form of exercise developed by Joseph H. Pilates in the 1920s. "Joe" believed that mental and physical health are inter-related making Pilates a mind-body form of exercise. Originally the Pilates Method was first performed on a mat. Later, Joe developed different apparatuses to help people "get the method in their bodies." Joe was ahead of his time and claimed he never took an aspirin a day in his life. He believed you were only as flexible as your spine. "If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young" Joe said. The Pilates Method puts an emphasis on creating and maintaing a flexible spine and a strong core. The Pilates principles are Control, Centering, Concentration, Precision, Breath, and Flow. The Pilates method is built around these principles and there truly is no other method of exercises that compares to the work Joseph Pilates created.
"The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning is gaining the mastery of your mind over the complete control over your body." -Joseph Pilates
Benefits of Pilates
Increase strength. Restore vitality. Gain flexibility. Create long lean muscles. Correct posture. Invigorate the mind. Elevate the spirit. Learn to breathe correctly. Relive tension. Rejuvenate. Reduce stress. Balance. Increase circulation. Core strength. Strong back. Improve concentration. Enhance sport performance. Joint mobility. Quiet your mind. Increase range of motion. Prevent injuries. Create a balanced body. Coordination. Centering. Precision. Supple spine. Increase stamina. Graceful movement. Heighten body awareness. Develop stability. Stand straighter. Challenge yourself. Body control. Feel good. Move freely and efficiently.
Who can benefit from Pilates?
Everyone from an elite athlete to someone just getting back into shape can benefit from Pilates! Men and women, young and old, injured or healthy, pre and post-natal, Pilates is for everyone. Pilates is able to create safe and efficient movement for people with injured or problematic areas (i.e. back pain, scoliosis, osteoporosis, shoulder issues.) Pilates classes vary in all levels from just beginning to super advanced. You will always be challenged with Pilates no matter what level you are. This is one of the best parts about Pilates. It is for anyone willing to participate!