“Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong posture, restores physical vitality and elevates the spirit.”
Developed by Joseph Pilates during WWII as a way to help rehabilitate casualties suffered by soldiers in war, Pilates is a six-principal method based on structured movements that continue to serve as both a fitness routine as well as a rehabilitation system for a wide demographic of followers today.
The Six Principal Pilates System Consists Of:
CONTROL : Known as “Contrology” or “The Art of Control”, Pilates movements require total presence and precision which leads to synergy between the body and mind.
BREATH : One of the most important components of the Pilates methodology is breath. The Pilates breath often takes time to learn, but leads to the body receiving more oxygen, deeper movement, increased flexibility and a more peaceful state of mind.
CONCENTRATION: Staying present in the moment is not always easy, but through Pilates practice, you will find that total focus on your form will not only lead to firmer muscles, but more control over your day-to-day stress.
FLOW: Pilates movements are less aggressive than more traditional exercises and focus on fluid, seamless, transformative movements that keep your muscles in constant motion.
CENTERING : Pilates is a core-based routine that is geared to keep the entire body in alignment. Known as the “powerhouse” of the body, the area includes the abdominal and lower back muscles as well as the buttocks.
PRECISION: In Pilates, precision is based on the “honor of every movement”. This focus on self-control and focus on the core, alignment, and rehabilitative services, Pilates is a fantastic “daily” exercise regime. As it is a low impact form of exercise, there is no need for a “rest day” in-between sessions.