Pilates is a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen and balance the body. Pilates has proven itself invaluable not only as a ﬁtness endeavor itself, but also as an important adjunct to professional sports training and physical rehabilitation of all kinds.
Professional dancers have known the beneﬁts of Pilates for decades. Top athletes use it for strength, ﬂexibility, and injury prevention. Hollywood celebrities and supermodels use it to maintain beautiful physiques.
This innovative system of mind-body exercise, developed by Joseph Pilates, dramatically transforms the way your body looks, feels and performs. It builds strength without excess bulk, creating a sleek, toned body with ﬁrm, slender thighs and a ﬂat abdomen. It teaches body awareness, good posture and easy, graceful movement. Pilates improves ﬂexibility, agility and economy of motion, and can help alleviate back pain, as well as other ailments. One precisely executed Pilates session is worth more than several hours at the gym— and afterward you’ll feel invigorated, not exhausted.
Instead of performing many repetitions of each exercise, Joseph H. Pilates preferred fewer, more precise movements, requiring proper control and form and focusing on engaging the “Powerhouse” – the abdomen, lower back, buttocks and upper thighs – to support and strengthen the movement of your spine, enabling the rest of the body to move freely. With the Pilates approach to a balanced body, it isn’t necessary to do scores of mindless, repetitive, and exhausting exercises to achieve great results — you’re not likely to suffer undue muscle strain, so there’s little risk of injury. And because your mind is required to engage with your body to perform the movements correctly, you experience a new awareness of muscle function and control that spills over into other areas of your life.
Joseph H. Pilates