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What is Pilates?

What is Pilates?

Pilates / pɪˈlɑːtiːz/ pi-lah-teez
Pilates is a method of body conditioning that has been practiced for decades. However, it has recently gained momentum in the fitness and health industries as more people are seeking a safer and more natural total body workout.

Pilates is an alternative form of exercise that simultaneously strengthens, stretches and defines all muscle groups. It aligns the body while eliminating excess tension and strain on the joints. Pilates is a mind/body approach to exercise that increases one’s awareness of good body mechanics and focuses on the connection of the mind, the breath and the body. It is the perfect workout promoting physical and mental well-being. Each Pilates session is tailored to the specific needs and abilities of the client.

The Pilates method includes more than 500 specifically designed movements performed on five major pieces of unique apparatus or for the mat work or no apparatus at all.

The movements are efficient and fluid and require muscle control, coordination, balance, concentration and precision. Integrating these with strength, stability, flexibility and breathing, Pilates is the perfect workout for all ages and fitness levels.

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Why do Pilates?

Why do Pilates?

Creates an evenly conditioned body
Creates Strength without Bulk
Increases Flexibility
Develops Core strength – flat abdominals and a strong back
Relief from Back Pain
Improves Posture and Balance
Increases Energy
Develop a toned, Long, Lean Appearance
Increases Awareness – Body/Mind Connection
Adaptable to Many Fitness Levels and Needs
Creates a stronger, more flexible spine.
Promotes recovery from strain or injury.
Corrects over-trained muscles which can lead to stress and injury.
Enhances mobility, agility and stamina.
Compliments sports training and develop functional fitness for daily life activity.
Improves the way your body looks and feels.

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History of Pilates

History of Pilates

Developed in the 1920s by the Joseph H. Pilates, the Pilates Method is a series of exercises that can be performed on a mat or with specialised equipment. Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1880. He started life as a small, frail child, which fuelled his fascination with exercises that would make him healthier, stronger and more physically attractive. Obsessed with attainment of the perfect body, he became an accomplished skier, boxer and gymnast. During World War I, Pilates was interned due to his nationality and it was during this time that he designed exercise apparatus used to rehabilitate injured war victims. In 1926, Pilates and his wife opened their first studio in New York City where many of their first clients came from the world of dance. Eminent dance masters such as George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Martha Graham became devoted to his method.