"In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see the difference,
and in 30 sessions you will have a whole new body."
— Joseph Pilates
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a movement system that uses special spring-driven machines as well as a series of floor exercises to strengthen and tone muscles, improve posture, provide flexibility and balance, and increase energy. It was developed by Joseph Pilates who originally called his system “Contrology.”
These exercises strengthen your body from the inside out, developing a strong core and training several muscle groups at once in smooth, continuous movements.
Emphasizing correct breathing and body awareness, Pilates is a safe and effective way to strengthen the body and increase flexibility. Pilates creates long, lean muscles without building bulk or stressing your joints.
Benefits of Pilates
- Develops strength, endurance, agility, and coordination of entire body
- Increases flexibility
- Strengthens your powerhouse (abdominal muscles and spine)
- Corrects posture and alignment
- Focuses on breathing and mental concentration
- Promotes relaxation and release of tension
- Improves balance and body control
- Improves athletic performance and ability to perform daily tasks
- Teaches correct muscle activation and helps prevent injury
- Creates long, lean muscles without building bulk
- Improves the way your body looks and feels
History of Pilates
Born in 1880 in Germany, Joseph Pilates had a sickly childhood and was determined to restore his health and body condition. Over time, he overcame his frailty and became an accomplished boxer, skier, diver, gymnast, and yogi, maintaining top physical form well into his seventies. While in an English internment camp during WWI, Pilates rigged springs above hospital beds to allow patients to rehabilitate while lying on their backs. This setup later evolved into one of the main pieces of equipment used today in the Pilates method, the Cadillac.
The Reformer, developed by Joseph PilatesIn the mid-1920’s, Pilates arrived in New York City where he opened a studio in Manhattan with his wife, Clara. He developed a series of mat exercises designed to build abdominal strength and body control. He built various pieces of equipment, constructed of wood and metal piping, and used combinations of pulleys, straps, bars, boxes and springs. His philosophy led him to develop a regimen that “develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.” He believed that in order to achieve happiness it is imperative to gain mastery of your body. If at the age of thirty you are stiff and out of shape, then you are “old.” If at sixty you are supple and strong, then you are “young.”
Over the decades, Pilates developed over 500 exercises, which he originally called Contrology, but which have since come to be known as the Pilates method. The Pilates method, with more than nine decades of success, stands out as a tried and true formula of wisdom and unwavering results.