BENEFITS OF PILATES
LONG, LEAN MUSCLES + FLEXIBILITY
Pilates strengthens and elongates your muscles leading to the perfect balance of strength and flexibility.
"Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong posture, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit"
-Joseph H. Pilates
Centering-moving from the core
Breath-use the breath to aid the exercise
Precision-proper alignment and awareness
Control-conscious, deliberate movement
Concentration-full attention to the exercise
Flow-fluidity, grace, and ease
WHAT IS PILATES?
A Brief History
The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph H. Pilates in the early 20th century. He used his knowledge of anatomy and experience with physical fitness to develop the exercise system that he named Contrology, which later became known as Pilates. The Pilates method came to fruition while Joe was being held as a German alien in a British internment camp during WWI. During this time, Joe refined his method and developed the first crude models of Pilates equipment by attaching springs to the hospital beds. After his release, Joe returned to Germany where his method gained popularity with the dance community.
In 1926, Joe emigrated to New York City after refusing the offer from German officials to teach his method to the army. During the voyage he met his wife, Clara. Together, they opened the first Pilates studio which happened to share an address with the New York City Ballet. As a result, Pilates became increasingly popular among American dancers and the method began to spread across the country. Joe continued teaching and creating his custom equipment until his death in 1967 at age 87. Thankfully, a handful of his most dedicated clients (Pilates elders) carried on Joe's methods and his genius is available to us today.
Joe once said "I'm fifty years ahead of my time"...with over 10 million and counting Americans practicing Pilates today it's safe to say that he was correct!