What is Pilates?

Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit!” ~ Joseph H. Pilates

The Pilates method of exercise, developed by Joseph Hubertus Pilates, is a mind-body system of exercise. When practiced regularly it improves health and vitality through better posture and body mechanics, correct breathing, and spinal flexibility. And unlike other forms of exercise, Pilates is safe for almost anyone.

The benefits of Pilates are many — reduced stress, more efficient digestion, increased oxygen intake, better circulation, improved skin, enhanced immune system, toned and sculpted body, and greater strength and coordination. Pilates will help you get fit, look great, and enhance grace and balance.

The system of exercise called Pilates began in the 1920’s when Pilates developed a series of 34 mat work exercises. A frail and sickly child, Pilates developed his method of exercise in an effort to rid himself and his students of physical limitations. seeking to restore balance to body and mind. Later, he developed exercises that used various pieces of equipment. He originally called his method, “Contrology;” but today, we simply call it “Pilates.”

Pilates believed that mental and physical health were interrelated and that proper diet and sufficient sleep were paramount to achieving physical
fitness. That’s why Pilates focuses on training both mind and body to work together as efficiently as possible, allowing you to derive maximum benefits in the a minimum amount of time.

It’s hard to adequately define Pilates or convey the many ways in which it benefits the mind and body. Perhaps the best way to understand it is to experience it for yourself.