“The Pilates Method of body conditioning develops the body uniformly, corrects posture, restores vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.” — Joseph Pilates
The Pilates Method, developed by the legendary Joseph Pilates, is a sequence of more than 500 exercises performed on a mat and/or on specific exercise apparatus with the resistance of springs for strength and added support. These controlled, precise movements were designed to stretch and strengthen muscle without adding bulk. It uses the abdomen, lower back and buttocks – the “powerhouse” – to support the entire body through this series of movements. Close attention to detail, sequence, alignment and control of each movement is emphasized and supervised by a certified instructor.
The exercises follow the six principles of Joseph Pilates:
Centering • Control • Concentration • Flow • Breath • Precision
Unlike other exercise programs that isolate muscles, Pilates movement patterns work muscle groups with coordinated effort through their full range of motion as a total body conditioning. Most of the exercises are done in a low weight-bearing position, so there is little or no impact on the joints. Rather than adding more resistance or doing more repetitions, single movement patterns are made more complex as the client gains strength and control. This workout program leaves a person feeling energized, relaxed and focused.