What is Pilates?
The Pilates Method, founded by Joseph H. and Clara Pilates in the 1940s, is based on a unique and proven philosophy of fitness that incorporates a precise and highly refined approach to teaching movement. The Pilates method enhances the strength and vitality of the participant, and is centered around key concepts which include: Balance, Concentration, Precision, Control, Flowing Movement, Breath, Centering and Awareness.
The method consists of floor exercises (called Mat work) and exercises on specialized Pilates equipment. The exercises are designed to uniformly strengthen the entire body, training several muscles at once so that no muscle group is over or under-trained. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured and better able to move efficiently.
Pilates is a safe, body-friendly exercise method that allows for various modifications to accommodate any type of condition. Quality of movement is emphasized over quantity to leave you energized and balanced after a session, not tired and sore.
Benefits of Pilates
- Develops core strength
- Creates a balanced body
- Increases flexibility and range of motion
- Improves body awareness
- Promotes proper alignment and stability
- Develops uniform strength in muscles
- Elongates and strengthens muscles
- Offers low impact on joints
- Improves posture
- Promotes proper breathing