NEW TO PILATES
About Joseph Pilates
Born in Germany in 1883, he was a frail and sickly child. This motivated him to improve his physical strength. Some of his activities were gymnast, boxer and circus performer. Once he was interned during WWI, he kept fellow internees healthy through his specially designed fitness program. After the war, he successfully trained the Police force and later began working with ballet companies.
Once he immigrated to the US in 1925, he set up his first studio in New York and shared an address with The New York City Ballet. Initially, he worked exclusively with dancers, professional athletes and the wealthy. Now through its popularity and effectiveness itís accessible to everyone.


What differentiates Pilates from other forms of exercise?
His method "Controlology" is the use of the mind to control the muscles. Focused attention on core postural muscles keep the body balanced and provide support for the spine thereby minimizing injury . The strengthening of these core abdominal muscles is the most important part of the technique to master along with thoracic breathing. From this strong center, with the back supported by the abdominals, the exercises can be performed safely and efficiently. Once this is established, proper and thoughtful movement becomes integrated in all of oneís daily activities including sports.
The rehabilitation potential has gained the interest and support of physiotherapists and osteopaths who now refer their patients after treatment, confident that they will not re-injure themselves and paving the way to commence their usual exercise regime.
 
 
WHO SHOULD DO PILATES?
  • Anyone looking for "guaranteed results" towards achieving a strong, lean body.

  • Pre and post natal women.

  • Anyone looking to improve their performance in any sport.

  • Anyone needing rehab due to an injury.

  • Professional dancers and athletes looking for advanced strengthening.

  • The elderly to increase their flexibility, strength, balance and posture.

BENEFITS OF THE PILATES METHOD
  • Strengthens the abdominals and lower back (powerhouse), biceps and triceps.

  • Creates long, strong, lean muscles.

  • Promotes weight loss.

  • Improves posture.

  • Increases overall flexibility and coordination.

  • Lengthens the spine and increases its articulation.

  • Improves the alignment in all joints.

  • Stimulates circulation with increased breath and reduced muscular tension.

  • Rehabilitates knees, hips, spine, ankles and shoulders.

FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPALS OF PILATES
  • CONCENTRATION the fusion of mind and body.

  • CONTROL of every aspect of every movement, large and small

  • CENTERING developing a strong core-minimizing injury

  • PRECISION fewer repetitions, greater precision and benefit

  • BREATHING coordinated with movements to increase circulation

  • FLOWING MOVEMENT body is in constant motion