Pilates is a form of total body conditioning that is accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels. Pilates was created by a man named Joseph Pilates as a means of physical fitness and total body healing.
Pilates exercise strengthens muscles by lengthening and toning. Joseph Pilates originally called his method the "Art of Contrology".
In addition to strengthening & toning, you are also increasing awareness of mind & body, and the ability to control your movements more precisely.
Featuring over 500 specially designed exercises, Pilates focuses on developing the body uniformly and increasing total wellness
"Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit"
- Joseph H. Pilates.
Joseph H. Pilates was born in Germany in 1883. He was a frail child, plagued by disease & sickness. Determined to strengthen his body, he dedicated his life to improving his physical fitness, studying boxing and gymnastics, among other fitness regimens.
In World War, he worked as a nurse, treating injured soldiers. While there, he created exercises for bed-ridden patients using cables & pulleys, that he later attached to their hospital beds. While seeing the patients grow stronger, he also noticed improvements in their mental frame of mind. Strongly believing that the ability to control your body and mind were intertwined, he formalized these exercises, over 500 in total, into an exercise discipline he called Contrology.
In 1926, after moving to the United States with his wife, Clara, they opened a fitness studio, specializing in training & rehabilitating injured ballets dancers for many top ballet companies, including New York City Ballet.
Although it began primarily as an exercise program for dancers to improve strength, control, and flexibility, over the years Contrology, renamed Pilates, has expanded beyond that realm, and into mainstream fitness practices. These exercises are intended to strengthen the abdominal, or core muscles, increase total body balance, and promote a healthy spine.