Pilates is an exercise program that was developed by German immigrant, Joseph Pilates, in the early 1900’s. He called his method, Contrology, and it wasn’t until after he died that we began to refer to his work as Pilates. Contrology is using the mind to train the body in the art of fluid and controlled movement. The exercises focus on using breath to strengthen the core and decompress all of the body’s joints, primarily those of the spine.
Pilates is a powerful method that educates people how to take a deeper look into their body’s structure and function. The end result is a uniformly developed body capable of easily performing our many and varied daily tasks.
A uniformly developed body is one that has supple and strong muscles, bones, and organs that perform and function with maximum efficiency.
When the body is aligned we have a pain free spine that is supported and articulates properly. Alignment is achieved through the disciplined practice of the Pilates exercises.
Coordination of breath and movement is an essential component of the Pilates Method. Understanding the function of the muscles of respiration and then exercising them, specifically awakens an internal strength and endurance.
The concept of core is more sophisticated than just having six-pack abs. Strengthening the muscles in the core of the legs, arms, and spine creates fluid articulation of the entire body resulting in efficient movement.
Pilates requires a focused mind to control specific and precise movement of the body while performing the exercises.
Mental peace and inner harmony are the results of a regular and sustained Pilates practice.