What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of mind-body exercise that builds on the essence and principles of the late Joseph H. Pilates. It is designed to strengthen the weak and challenge the strong. Joseph Pilates (1883-1967) was a German expatriate who first made his mark in England during WW1 when he developed a series of exercises and innovative equipment to help prisoners of war regain strength and mobility. When Joseph Pilates immigrated to New York, the local professional dance community discovered that his conditioning techniques helped prevent injury and improve strength while maintaining long, even muscle tone.
If you want a body that is balanced, looks fit, revitalized and moves with ease then Pilates is for you.
Pilates builds on strength, flexibility and endurance without risking injury or building bulk. It gives you longer, leaner muscles, better core strength, restoring the natural curves of the spine and relieving tension.
Pilates offers relief from stress and back pain and gives heightened mind-body awareness and increased self-confidence. As well as being extremely effective post-rehabilitation, further benefits are enhanced athletic performance, better posture, improved balance and co-ordination.
Pilates works those deep inner muscles, which we are not able to see, working inside out. Neglecting these deep inner muscles can lead to serious problems. Think of a tree with its strong base, supporting it’s many branches. If it’s base were not strong the branches would not have a strong foundation to support them. The same applies to the human body; a strong core gives us a stable base for our arms and legs to work from.
Pilates is a gradual build up, a layering of strength that is achieved over time. Pilates is not a competition; it is designed to help each and every individual work to their very best.