What is Pilates?
Imagine an exercise program you look forward to, that engages
you, leaving you refreshed and alert with a feeling of physical
and mental well-being. The Pilates Method of physical and
mental conditioning will do all of this, and more. Pilates
(pronounced Puh-LAH-teez) is a proven and acclaimed conditioning
program that has helped people strengthen and empower their
bodies since the 1920’s. The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning
was developed by fitness visionary Joseph H. Pilates. He
called his method “Contrology,” or the art of control. He
emphasized the importance of integrating mindfulness into
exercise to increase muscle control.
Pilates is a series of controlled movements performed on spring-based
equipment as well as specifically sequenced mat exercises.
It is a full body exercise system that strengthens the abdomen,
buttocks, lower back, and inner thigh region. In Pilates we
refer to this region as the “powerhouse.” By strengthening
the powerhouse, those who practice Pilates notice improvements
in posture, energy, flexibility, balance, strength, stamina
and muscle tone. In addition to customizing each workout to
meet the needs of the individual, every session embraces the
six principles of Pilates: control, concentration, body alignment,
precision, correct breathing, and flowing movement.
Pilates is for a broad section of the public. Men and women of
every age and body type can benefit from Pilates when done correctly
and consistently. From the very athletic to the sedentary, Pilates
can be used as a primary exercise regimen, or as cross training
for golf, tennis and more. Pilates avoids mundane and repetitive
movement, making it the ideal choice in fitness for the mind,
body and spirit.