WHAT IS PILATES?
Pilates was developed in the early 20th century by German-born Joseph Pilates who believed that mental and physical health are inter-related.
The Pilates physical fitness system is a body conditioning routine that helps build flexibility and long, lean muscles, strength and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing to relieve stress, and allowing adequate oxygen flow to muscles.
With systematic practice of specific Pilates exercises and proper breathing techniques, Pilates will:
• decompress the spine
• increase circulation
• promote new neuromuscular patterns
• heighten body awareness
• increase coordination and endurance in the body
Pilates allows for different mat and equipment exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginner to advanced. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises. No muscle group is under or over trained.
WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM PILATES?
Everyone can do Pilates regardless of age or physical limitations — including those who:
• are no longer content with the “gym scene” and require a more focused program
• wish to reduce mental and physical stress
• Professional Athletes wishing to increase performance
• are Pre- or Post-Natal
• have a chronic condition, such as scoliosis
• require a gentle yet effective exercise regime
• require more specific guidance for their exercise program
• are recovering from injuries and who seek effective physical rehabilitation
• require an increase in body flexibility, strength and tone
• have never exercised before