Pilates is a system of exercises developed by Joseph H. Pilates in England. Pilates begins by addressing the core musculature (abdominal, pelvic and back) through specific exercises performed using eccentric contractions, which simultaneously lengthen and strengthen muscles. It increases strength and flexibility in a balanced manner.
Joseph H. Pilates created this regimen while he was held as an “enemy alien” with other German nationals during World War I. He even used old hospital beds and springs to build equipment to use with his exercises and that equipment was the precursor to today’s reformers.
Pilates unites the mind with the body by using the principals of breath, focus, precision, flow of movement, centering, coordination and balance throughout each exercise. The exercises are preformed on a mat and various pieces of equipment fitted with springs.
Clients enjoy better posture, increased energy, stronger, longer, leaner bodies, and pain reduction in a short time. The ability to perform our daily tasks with “spontaneous zest and pleasure” is the goal of Pilates.