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Benefits of Pilates
The Pilates Method
Pilates is a method of corrective exercise designed to lengthen muscles as it strengthens them, with an emphasis on muscular movement initiation. It’s also an effective way to prevent injuries and chronic pain. Pilates is a connection of mind, body and spirit through movement. Anyone at any age or fitness level can benefit from Pilates. All it takes is a willingness to learn.
Pilates focuses on strengthening the abdominals, trunk, and pelvic floor muscles so they become the body’s control center. With Pilates, you’ll build a uniformly developed body with better alignment, strength, and flexibility. Controlling from the core allows you to move safely through your workout.
The Benefits of Pilates
• Pilates delivers countless benefits, including:
• Strengthens & tones all muscles
• Provides balance and flexibility
• Improves posture
• Increases circulation and muscular endurance
• Develops muscles uniformly
• Increases mobility
• Improves coordination
• Decreases low back pain
• Improves bone density
I• ntegrates mind, body & spirit
The Origin of Pilates
Joseph H. Pilates was born in Germany in 1880. A sickly child, he was determined to overcome his many ailments and dedicated his entire life to becoming physically stronger. Pilates studied gymnastics, body building, skiing, and diving. He later worked as a boxer, circus performer, and self-defense trainer and became increasingly interested in holistic therapies. In 1925, Pilates emigrated from Germany to the United
States. He and wife Clara opened a studio in New York City based on his method of exercise,
which they called “Contrology. ” Joe and Clara continued to refine their technique until Joseph
Pilates died in 1967, at the age of 87. Clara continued to teach and run the studio
until her death in 1977. Pilates has continued to grow in popularity and today is practiced
around the world.