What Is Pilates 2018-09-01T19:10:04+00:00
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Pilates is a system of movement and strengthening that promotes full breath, healthy joint articulation and stability in the core muscles of the body. Developed by the German-born, Joseph Pilates in POW camps during World War I. It has shown tremendous results bringing relief from back pain and chronic discomfort. Pilates dramatically transforms the way your body looks, feels and performs. It builds strength without excess bulk, creating a sleek, toned body with slender thighs and a flat abdomen.

It teaches body awareness, good posture and easy, graceful movement. Professional dancers have known the benefits of Pilates for decades. Top athletes use it for strength, flexibility, and injury prevention. Developed from the rehabilitation techniques of Joseph it is a safe, sensible exercise system using a floor mat or equipment.

Health and Fitness Benefits of Pilates

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Creates a balanced and evenly conditioned body. Pilates conditions the body as a whole, training several muscles at once. No muscle group is over or under trained. Conventional workouts tend to make the strong muscles stronger and the weak muscles weaker, creating a muscle imbalance – the primary cause of injury.

Elongates and strengthens muscles while increasing flexibility. Workouts are designed to create long toned muscles as well as a flat abdomen. No “bulking up”.

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Develops strength of the “Core”. Core, meaning center of the body, consists of the muscles that surround and protect the spine. Control of the deep abdominal and back musculature allows for your limbs to move gracefully.

Challenges without increasing stress. Most exercises are low impact and partially weight bearing. This reduces the stress placed on the joints while allowing maximum muscle performance

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Improves body awareness. Emphasis on proper breathing and correct body alignment while focusing on purposeful movement patterns increase your awareness of how your body moves and feels in space. Quality over quantity of movement prevails, giving you maximum power and efficiency

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