What is Pilates?
Pilates is a method of exercise designed by German born Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s that is performed on the mat and other various spring loaded equipment. He invented pilates as a way for people to strengthen their center, increase flexibility, tone muscles, and balance the muscular skeletal system. The Pilates technique develops strong postural muscles and strengthens the whole body while focusing on proper alignment and increasing range of motion.
Pilates was originally used to train dancers, athletes and performers, but has since become a widely used form of exercise for everyone. It is an excellent rehabilitation system for back, knee, hip and shoulder injuries. Pre- and post-natal women will benefit from pilates because the exercises can adapt to the body’s constantly changing needs. Pilates has a holistic approach that corrects the body’s asymmetries and chronic weaknesses to prevent re-injury and bring the body back into balance.
What are the Benefits?
Pilates is designed to be a functional series of movements meant to be taken out of the studio and into your daily life. Clients experience more control and ease of movement, core strength and a better sense of body awareness.