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What is Pilates?

Pilates movements focus on “the powerhouse” – the core muscle groups including the abdomen, lower back, hips, and buttocks. Together, these muscles form a person's physical center. By initiating each movement from the central core of the torso and flowing outward to the extremities, Pilates creates a streamlined body, improves coordination and body awareness, combats stress and tension, and helps to correct posture imbalances.

Joseph Pilates, the founder of the the Pilates technique, was a fragile and sickly child—he suffered from rickets, asthma, and rheumatic fever—but through study and training overcame his supposed limitations and went on to become strong, fit, and determined to share with others the techniques that allowed him to develop a healthy body and mind.

Much of Pilates' technique was developed in an English internment camp where he was confined during World War I because of his nationality. The equipment which is now present in a Pilates studio began as bedsprings attached to a wall, allowing Pilates' charges (patients recovering from injuries in the camp infirmary) to exercise safely.

After the war, Pilates moved to the United States and began developing and refining the core of what is now the Pilates Technique. By the 1960's his more famous clients included George Balanchine, Martha Graham, and many of the most famous members of their companies.

The Method has continued to grow, benefiting from advances in exercise science and from the extensive experience of those practicing the Pilates Method as students and teachers. In the midst of this dynamic body of knowledge, the core principles remain the same—a focus on the abdominal and other “powerhouse” muscles that support the spine, exercise routines with low repetitions of each exercise or move but high concentration, and a careful progression from preparatory moves to more complex and difficult ones.

The Pilates studio now includes much specialized equipment, a far cry from the original bedsprings! All exercises can be performed on the floor (“Mat” classes) or on the Pilates apparatus—the Reformer, the Cadillac, the Spine Corrector, the Ladder Barrel, and the Wunda Chair.

Pilates, with its combination of mental focus and physical effort, helps to restore the body's natural balance. Through deep, coordinated breathing and careful attention to each movement as part of the holistic rhythm of the body, Pilates trains the mind and body to work together toward the goal of total fitness.

Education for Body and Mind

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