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What is Pilates and Why Should You Do It?

Joseph Pilates teaching a student

Joseph Pilates teaching a student

Pilates is a method of corrective exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen and balance the body. The program is based on the methods developed by German-born fitness expert Joseph H. Pilates, in the early 20th century. Known as the Pilates Method, the series of more than 500 controlled exercises is a full-body technique, which trains its practitioners to integrate the use of mind and body during the performance of its exercises. Through this integration, Pilates creates improved posture and positive overall physical benefits. The system increases physical awareness by emphasizing core muscular control and proper body alignment. The Pilates Method employs sound biomechanical principles, and produces excellent results for people of all ages and abilities.

Gemma teaching a student

Gemma teaching a student

Because the Pilates Method is a non-impact form of exercise, it doesn’t place strain on your joints or leave you feeling tired or sore. The routines can be tailored to meet the needs of any student, ranging from gentle exercise to a performance-oriented workout. It utilizes original equipment created by Joseph Pilates which is spring based. The exercises and equipment used today are the same as he used, and the technique lengthens muscles while it strengthens them, working them in a manner close to the way they were designed to function. After Pilates, people look taller and say they feel great!

Joseph Pilates said, “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.” This statement is as relevant today as when he wrote it in 1945.