What is Pilates?Developed in the early 20th century by German born Joseph Pilates, the Pilates Method, formerly called “Contrology,” combines stretching and strengthening exercises designed to create balance and symmetry within the body.
Pilates uses specially designed equipment in combination with mat exercises to improve strength, flexibility, coordination and posture, developing firmer, leaner and more powerful muscles. The guiding principles of Pilates include control, concentration, centering, precision of movement, flow and breath.
Benefits of PilatesBecause Pilates uniformly develops the entire body with a no-to-low impact approach, it is appropriate for all ages and abilities. Pilates is an ideal cross training tool for other sports training and can work in conjunction with physical therapy or other forms of rehabilitation.
The Practice of the Pilates Method at The Pilates Movement can:
- Develop flexibility, balance, and strength
- Enhance core strength and postural alignment
- Improve physical fitness and mental well being
- Build confidence and self-esteem
- Increase range of motion in spine and extremities
- Heighten body awareness, coordination, and neuro-muscular control
- Complement other athletic endeavors, like running, biking, skiing and swimming
- Increase lung capacity and stamina
- Support physical therapy and rehabilitation efforts
- Create more effective movement patterns that can reduce pain and injury, such as back pain or joint stress
- Be uplifting, transformational, most importantly, FUN!