What Is Pilates?

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The Pilates Method teaches you to be in control of your body and not at its mercy.”

– Joseph Pilates
Pilates was developed in the 1920s by a boxer and circus performer named Joseph Pilates. He began to develop the system while working as a nurse during the war. Mr. Pilates noticed that the bed-ridden injured soldiers weren’t healing as quickly as those who were active, so he began to teach them exercises using the springs of their beds. The soldiers who partook in his exercises healed quickly, and Joseph Pilates stumbled on a system of exercise that would become his life’s work…eventually helping its practitioners learn to connect the mind, body, and spirit through fluid movement. Pilates quickly became popular with dancers and athletes because it helped to heal their injuries quickly while keeping them in shape; and it improved their flexibility and strength, creating a balance between the two.

More recently, Pilates has gained popularity because it targets the “core” or “powerhouse” of the body. It improves posture, eases back pain, and tones the body without adding bulk. This creates a healthier body, and a sleek, toned look.

Pilates is a great regimen for both beginners and seasoned athletes and dancers. Because it is individually taught, the client’s specific needs are sure to be met.

Benefits of Pilates

  1. Helps to rehabilitate injuries and pain – especially back and knee injuries

  2. Your body will become more responsive to other types of exercise

  3. Improves flexibility, agility, and range of movement

  4. Helps you tone up and lose inches

  5. Great for pre and post natal care!