What is Pilates?
Pilates, developed in the late 1800's by Joseph H. Pilates, is a method of total body conditioning that strengthens, stretches and heals the body though proper movement. Movement against, as well as with the assistance of, outside forces (spring tension or simply the forces of gravity), challenges the core of the participant first and foremost. It is the "powerhouse" (the abdominals, back and buttocks) that is the center of stabilization for all movement. Flowing, precise, movements, working along with the stabilization of the spine, allow the body's musculature to become more balanced, similar to a finely tuned automobile. Spinal articulation is also incorporated into the Pilates method. With the renewed support of the deep abdominal and back muscles, the vertebral column simultaniously finds increased length, increasing necessary space for discs. Students quickly find the benefits of proper movement patterns as they carry themselves into everyday life, from performing the most simplistic tasks such as picking up heavy groceries or climbing a flight of stairs to horseback riding or golfing. In addition, the body becomes long, lean and strong.
The benefits are never-ending.