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Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1880. He was a sickly child plagued with numerous ailments. Determined to overcome his weakness, he dedicated his life to becoming physically fit. He studied and became proficient at many activities including bodybuilding, diving, skiing, gymnastics and martial arts. At the age of 14, he had become so physically fit that he was hired as a model for anatomical charts.
During World War I, Pilates was interned in England where he worked as a nurse with injured war victims. It was then that he began to develop fitness routines for inmates to help their recovery from injuries sustained in the War. Joseph Pilates regimen was given credit for the fact that none of these inmates succumbed to a flu epidemic that killed thousands. After much time, Pilates had moved his family to New York where he set up his first exercise studio. By the 1960’s dancers and athletes combined were flocking to his studio to learn his life changing exercise method. Pilates has influenced many sport exercise routines from both Eastern and Western disciplines. The popularity of his method continues to grow as students realize his work is more than a set of physical movements...it is part of a program of health care designed to improve an individual’s overall fitness and well-being.
“Patience and perseverance are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor”.
~Joseph H. Pilates
Joseph Pilates designed more than 500 specific exercises using five major pieces of unique apparatus to develop the body uniformly. Instead of performing many repetitions of each exercise, Pilates preferred fewer, more precise movements, requiring proper control and form.
Because your mind is required to work with your body to perform the movements correctly, you experience a new awareness of muscle function and control.
The "powerhouse" – abdomen, lower back, and buttocks – is supported and strengthened, enabling the rest of the body to move freely.
So, the Pilates regimen is built on specific principles:
Be present - focus Initiate movement from our powerhouse-our center No sloppy movements! All movement is coordinated, smooth and efficient Every movement has a purpose Building on concentration and control - precision will teach us how to "undo" faulty movement patterns in our bodies
- Fluidity of Movement - Flow
Pilates becomes functional movement we use outside of the studio Deep inhalation and complete exhalation increases waste removal, facilitates deeper core support as well as deepening the work!
What is the Method Pilates?
What are the benefits of a consistent Pilates practice?
- longer, leaner muscles--greater strength and muscle tone
- more efficient respiratory, lymphatic and circulatory systems
- improved balance and coordination
- improved flexibility and agility
a flatter stomach and trimmer waist slender thighs and a strong back
- gains in specific sports performance
skiing, golf, dance, tennis, skating, running, etc.
- NO impact--easy on the joints
- heightened body awareness
- assisted weight loss and weight management
- refreshing mind/body workouts
Who should practice Pilates?
YOU! Pilates can be beneficial for just about everyone regardless of age, fitness level, or body condition. Most exercises can be easily modified and customized for individual needs. Pilates will challenge the novice to the advanced exerciser!
Changing bodies one breath at a time