Pilates (pronounced puh-LAH-teez) is a method of body conditioning developed by Joseph Pilates more than 70 years ago in Germany. For many years, Pilates classes remained a well-kept secret in the world of dance and performing arts. In recent years the growing interest in “mind/body” exercise has brought Pilates exercises to the forefront of fitness training. Many celebrities are doing Pilates and enjoying the benefits of Pilates training techniques. Pilates is also used frequently in rehabilitative settings by Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, and Orthopedists because of its effectiveness in correcting faulty movement patterns and biomechanical compensations that occur from injury. More recently Pilates is being added to the training programs of many top performing athletes to enhance their athletic performance and also increase the longevity of their careers by avoiding injuries.
“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily and satisfactorily performing our many varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.” – Joseph Pilates
Pilates comprises more than 500 exercises, performed using professional Pilates equipment (Pilates Reformer and Pilates Chair) emphasizing spring resistance. The central concept of Pilates is strengthening the “Core” of the body – the deep abdominal muscles and muscles around the spine. Pilates classes at The Pilates Wellness Center will teach you how to stabilize the shoulder and pelvis girdle, stretch and strengthen your entire spine with movements initiating from “your center”. The results are lean long flexible muscles, firmer abdominals, improved posture, increase energy levels, and mind body connection.
Pilates is for Everyone
Pilates is taught one-to-one using professional Pilates equipment such as the Pilates Reformer, Trapeze Table/Cadillac, Chair and Barrel. Due to the diversity of Pilates exercises, it is suitable for all athletes, many injuries, fitness levels and ages. Everyone can enjoy the benefits of Pilates at The Pilates Wellness Center.
What is Special about Pilates?
Traditional methods of training and developing the body tend to produce short and bulky muscles, precisely the type of musculature prone to injury. Pilates elongates the spine, increasing the elasticity of muscles and flexibility of the joints. This balance between strength and flexibility drastically reduces the potential for injury. Pilates emphasizes flowing movements requiring the use of multiple muscle groups simultaneously. Controlled breathing and concentration are essential, making Pilates truly a workout for the body and the mind. Pilates avoids the tendency of many exercise forms which create muscular imbalances. Pilates helps your body regain efficient patterns of motion. This is a great benefit to those recovering from injury, professional athletes and performers, or anyone seeking good posture and optimal health.
History of Joseph Pilates
Joseph Hubertus Pilates was born in Germany in 1880. As a child, he suffered from a number of physical ailments including Rickets, Asthma and Rheumatic Fever. Pilates was determined to overcome these health problems and began a lifetime dedication to physical fitness. Beginning with bodybuilding, gymnastics and skiing, he also studied eastern methods of training such as Yoga and Zen meditation.
Pilates left Germany for England in 1912 where he continued to develop his system of exercise whilst interned during World War I. The origins of the modern day Pilates “Reformer” with its spring resistance and sliding carriage, were developed to help bedridden patients continue to exercise and develop strength while working with the springs taken from their beds. Pilates opened his first dedicated “Pilates Studio” in New York during the 1920’s. His greatest fans were drawn from the world of the performing arts. Leading dancers improved their performance and prevented injury by doing Pilates workouts on Pilates machines or pilates mat. Pilates continued to teach and develop pilates equipment and pilates exercises with his beloved wife Carla until his death in 1967. He was fond of speculating that he was 50 years ahead of his times in theory and ideas. Given the popularity of Pilates training across the world, he seems to have been right.
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