“ …it is complete coordination of body, mind and spirit. It develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.”
What is Pilates?
The Pilates method (once called “Contrology”) is a system of movement and therapeutic exercise developed over a span of 60 years by German born athlete and physical therapy pioneer, Joseph H. Pilates (1883-1967). Utilizing the specialized equipment he designed, the method works by toning muscles as well as balancing muscular force at the joint level. It stimulates circulation through facilitating muscular flexibility, joint range of motion and proper musculoskeletal alignment. In addition, it promotes new neuromuscular patterns, heightens body awareness, and promotes a more precise coordination. Pilates helps prevent the reoccurrence of injury and alleviate chronic pain.
In Joe Pilates’ words …..
“…it is complete coordination of body, mind and spirit. It develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.”
“Through Contrology, you first purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then through proper repetition of its exercises you gradually and progressively acquire that natural rhythm and coordination associated with all your subconscious activities.”
“You will develop muscular power with corresponding endurance, ability to perform arduous duties, to play strenuous games, to walk, run or travel for long distances without undue body fatigue or mental strain.”
Joe designed his exercises to enable people to attain and maintain a uniformly developed body with a sound mind. The heightened body awareness and coordination makes Pilates a great compliment to other sports, exercise regimes, and our daily activities.