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About Pilates

Pilates

Pilates is more than a workout.

 

It is a lifestyle-focused program based on the proper alignment of the body and precise execution of very specific exercises designed to improve posture, strength and flexibility. Pilates helps you understand your body and movement allowing you to improve the quality and outcome of your workouts.

 

Pilates Method is an appropriate exercise discipline for everyone at any stage of physical fitness. The results are efficiency and ease in movement by building a stronger body that you move with fluidity and greater awareness.

Pilates Principles

 

The very core principles of Pilates is based on: Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Flow, Breath. We also focus on efficiency of each movement. In between exercises, in transitions, we achieve a quality workout and maintain a well-balanced body.

 

Mind-body connection

 

By focusing on proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement, you become in tune with your body – body awareness. You will be in control of your body movements. In Pilates, the quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Coordination of breathing and movement guarantees maximum power and efficiency. Proper breath also can reduce stress.

 

Develop a strong core – flat abdominals and a strong back

 

Pilates exercises develop a strong “core,” Powerhouse or center of the body. The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. Control of the core is achieved by integrating the trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle.

 

Gain long, lean muscles and flexibility

 

More conventional or traditional workouts are weight bearing and tend to build short, bulky muscles – the type most prone to injury. Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured.

 

Learn how to move efficiently

 

Pilates is a whole body workout – integrating all muscles of the body with continuous movements. By developing proper technique, you can actually re-train your body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion – invaluable for injury recovery, sports performance, good posture and optimal health.

 

Create an evenly conditioned body, improve sports performance, and prevent injuries

 

Conventional workouts tend to work the same muscles. This means weak muscles tend to get weaker and strong muscles tend to get stronger. The result is muscular imbalance – a primary cause of injury and chronic back pain. Pilates conditions the whole body, even the ankles and feet. No muscle group is over trained or under trained. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease, better performance and less chance of injury. That’s why so many professional sports teams and elite athletes now use Pilates as a critical part of their training regimen.

 

Pilates is challenging but adaptable

 

Pilates is also an extremely flexible exercise system. Modifications to the exercises allow for a range of difficulty ranging from beginning to advanced. Get the workout that best suits you now, and increase the intensity as your body conditioning improves.

“In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 you’ll see a difference and in 30 you’ll have a whole new body.” ~ Joseph Pilates

About Joseph Pilates

 

Joseph H. Pilates believed that his method of movement would prepare people for any type of activity they wished to accomplish. He himself was a gymnast, boxer, yogi, circus performer, diver, and skier. He battled Asthma, Rickets, and Rheumatic fever and brought himself to abundant health through use of various pieces of equipment that he invented for this purpose.

 

Joseph H. Pilates developed the Pilates Method with his wife Clara over a lifetime of studying the human body and movement. He originally called his method Contrology, which became commonly known among his clients and students as Pilates. Pilates outlines his philosophies, principals and workout method in his book ‘Pilates’ Return to Life Through Contrology’ published in 1945. After his passing, his wife Clara and Romana Kryzanowska continued to train clients in his original method at his studio in New York City. Today, you’ll find Pilates being offered in hospitals, universities and private studios all around the world. It’s a full body exercise program practiced by millions for both fitness and injury post-rehabilitation.

 

He was absolutely right, Pilates works.

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