Benefits of Pilates
Balances the Body
Strengthens and tones
Enhances athletic performance
Improves balance and coordination
Helps prevent injury and promotes recovery
Addresses body imbalances
About The Pilates Method
The method involves a series of exercises performed on special equipment and on a floor mat, ideally in a one-on-one teacher/client setting. The equipment utilises the resistance of springs to support the body in learning proper movement and to help massage, align, stretch and strengthen muscles. The exercises are done in a particular sequence, with an emphasis on quality and precision of movement rather than on speed or repetitions.
As clients progress, the workout becomes increasingly challenging and aerobic. The deep abdominal muscles, lower back and buttocks – collectively the “powerhouse” – serve as the center of all movement, allowing the rest of the body to move more freely. The balance between strength, flexibility and control of all muscle groups results in a leaner, stronger and more balanced body.
The strength of the system is its focus on individual needs. Pilates was designed to be taught one-on-one rather than in a large group environment. The guidance of a trained eye to ensure proper form and execution is key to achieving the greatest possible results.
Everyone can benefit from Pilates. Clients come in all sizes, no matter gender, age or fitness level. Whether you want to stand taller, look leaner, play harder, recover from injury, or just improve your overall health, Pilates gives you the skills to move through your life with power, control and efficiency.
About Joseph Pilates
Joseph H. Pilates was born in Germany, in 1883. A sickly child who suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever, he dedicated his entire life to becoming physically stronger. Joe studied body building and gymnastics and by the age of 14 was fit enough to pose for anatomical charts. In 1914 he moved to England earning a living as a boxer, circus performer and self-defense trainer. During World War I he was interned with other German citizens in a camp near Lancaster where he trained other inmates in fitness and exercises. It was here that the beginnings of the True Pilates Method began to take shape. After the War, Pilates emigrated to the United States. On the ship to America he met his future wife Clara. The couple founded a studio in New York City and directly taught and supervised their students well into the 1960’s. Pilates and his method, which he and Clara called "Contrology", soon established a following in the dance and the performing arts community. From their point of view, "Contrology" is the complete coordination of the body, mind and spirit. Well known dancers George Balanchine and Ruth St. Dennis became devotees and sent their students to them for training. Pilates practiced what he preached and lived a long healthy life. He died in 1967 at the age of 84. Today, Pilates is practiced around the world by athletes, dancers, fitness professionals, as well as the general public.