About Pilates

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What is Pilates ? (Pronounced puh-LAH-teez)

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

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"Contrology  develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical  vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit" 

   - Joseph H. Pilates.

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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.