What is Pilates?

Pilates Equipment

The Pilates method is a non-impact fitness routine with an emphasis on gaining flexibility, strength, balance and coordination. It unites mind and body to achieve perfect balance and efficiency in movement.

This unique method was originally developed in the early 1900’s by Joseph Pilates. He was a performer and boxer living in England and, during World War I, Joseph Pilates was placed under forced internment in Lancaster, where he taught fellow camp members the concepts and exercises developed over 20 years of self-study. It was at this time that he redesigned hospital beds by adding springs and pulleys for the injured to exercise. This equipment became the Pilates apparatus used today.

Popular within the dance industry and with Hollywood stars, Pilates is a safe and effective way to stretch, strengthen and tone your body without adding bulk and stressing the joints. The Pilates method is also effective at pinpointing areas of imbalance and thereafter diminishing or preventing chronic injuries.

Pilates Equipment

The Pilates method focuses on developing physical characteristics such as:

  • core strength and stability
  • balance and coordination
  • increased flexibility
  • increased muscular tone and endurance
  • improved posture and alignment
  • enhanced athletic performance
Pilates Chair

Other health related benefits include:

  • relief from stress
  • increased energy level
  • heightened body awareness
  • reduced chronic back pain
  • reduced joint impact
  • prevention of injury
  • speedy recovery from injury or childbirth
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