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.