Pilates Facts & Information - Exercises To
Improve Your Flexibility and Strength
an exercise program that you look forward to, that engages you,
and that leaves you refreshed and alert with a feeling of physical
and mental well-being. The Pilates Method (pronounced puh-LAH-teez)
of body conditioning will do all this...and more.
Developed in the 1920s by the legendary physical trainer and founder
of the Pilates Studio, Joseph H. Pilates, The Pilates Method
is an exercise system focused on improving flexibility and strength
for the total body without building bulk. Not surprisingly, some
of the first people to use the Pilates Method were dancers such
as Martha Graham and George Balanchine.
The Pilates Method is not just exercise, however. It is a series
of controlled movements engaging your body and mind, performed on
specifically designed exercise apparatus and supervised by extensively
Benefits of Pilates
The Pilates Method of body conditioning promotes physical harmony
and balance for people of all ages and physical conditions while providing
a refreshing and energizing workout.
Because conditioning sessions are done one-to-one with a certified
teacher or in closely supervised small groups, each session is tailored
to your specific needs.
Regardless of your current level of fitness - from sedentary office
worker to fitness enthusiast - the Pilates Method can be your primary
mode of body conditioning and injury prevention.
Recently discovered by physical therapists, chiropractors and orthopedists,
The Pilates Method of body conditioning can also be integrated into
rehabilitative exercise and physical therapy programs designed to
speed recovery of soft tissue injuries.
The Pilates Method can be safely used by pregnant women to learn
proper breathing and body alignment, improve concentration, and
recover body shape and tone after pregnancy.
Joseph H. Pilates designed more than 500 specific exercises
using five major pieces of unique apparatus to develop the body
Instead of performing many repetitions of each exercise, Joseph
H. Pilates preferred fewer, more precise movements, requiring proper
control and form.
Because your mind is required to engage with your body to perform
the movements correctly, you experience a new awareness of muscle
function and control.
The "powerhouse" - abdomen, lower back, and buttocks
- is supported and strengthened, enabling the rest of the body to
To provide safe and effective conditioning for our clients, instruction
is given only by teachers who complete a rigorous certification
program including seminar training and 600 apprenticeship hours.
The certification program has been continued by Romana Kryzanowska,
Master Teacher, who was personally trained by Joseph Pilates. After
Joseph's death, his wife, Clara, asked Romana to carry on Joseph's
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