Born in Germany, Joseph Pilates was a sickly child and ultimately devoted his entire life to overcoming the challenges of poor health and improving his physical strength. Over time, he fine-tuned his method of exercise and early on, it was used as a form of exercise for physical rehabilitation.
Pilates exercises focus on developing the deep core postural muscles that help balance the human body and provide support for the spine. The Pilates practice encourages the connection of the mind and the body and focuses on the movement principles of: whole body movement, breathing, balanced muscle development, concentration, control, centering, precision and rhythm.
An innovator and inventor far ahead of his time, Joseph Pilates’ method is now being recognized by fitness and rehabilitation professionals as a system that can lessen pain and speed recovery from injury as well as enhance the physical performance of the premier athlete, the weekend warrior or the sedentary office worker. Most important of all, by applying the Pilates principles to every activity in life, virtually everyone will perform daily functional activities safely and more efficiently.
The principles developed by Joseph Pilates can dramatically transform the way your body looks, feels and performs. The Pilates method teaches increased body awareness, good posture, builds strength, enhances flexibility and improves balance. Even joint and muscle aches can be alleviated.
By developing proper technique, your body can be retrained to move in safe, more efficient patterns of motion – invaluable for injury recovery, sports performance, good posture and optimal health.
As you become more aware of your body’s alignment and movement, the principles learned in Pilates will enhance every aspect of your life – from performing chores around the house, to work place duties, to competing in a sport!