What is Pilates
Pilates is a conditioning system created and design over 80 years ago by Joseph Hubertus Pilates; , a German-born emigré to Britain and then America that started rehabilitating disabled people during World War I while he began to create the machines and exercise regime that he is famous for today. Pilates used springs from hospital beds to provide resistance for strengthening the body. His work quickly gained notice and popularity with dance legends Martha Graham, Ted Shawn, Alvin Ailey and Jerome Robbins.
Although the fitness industry has just begun to recognize the benefits of Joe’s work, professional dancers have always considered Pilates an integral part of their training. The Pilates method has become popular within various different types of therapies and the fitness world. It encompasses a series of exercises strategically performed on the floor (mat-work) or on specialized equipment (Reformer, Wunda Chair, Cadillac, Arc,… etc) design also by Joseph Pilates.
The Pilates method coordinates mind, body and breath to develop sleek and functionally strong abdominal muscles, a strong and supple back and aligns the shoulder girdle as well as the pelvic girdle. Some of the physical benefits include: flexibility, strength, balance, inner core, muscle awareness, pelvic floor muscle awareness, increased lung capacity, increased bone density and bone health (due to the weight bearing exercises). As much of the work involves the manipulation and articulation of the spine, the method also works deeply on the nervous system and on an energetic level. Indeed, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and doctors now recommend Pilates as one of the safest forms of exercise available. The roots of Pilates lie in: Yoga, Zen, ancient Greek and Roman physical regimes. Joseph Pilates defined physical fitness as: The attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body, with a sound mind, fully capable of naturally, easily and satisfactory performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneity, zest and pleasure. Welcome to the world of Pilates.
See for yourself, in only a few sessions you could already feel and notice a positively difference in your body and mind!