Joseph Hubertus Pilates, who was born near Dusseldorf, Germany in 1880, developed the Pilates system of exercise. During the 1920’s, Pilates developed a series of exercises that used various pieces of equipment, however his original work was based on 34 mat work movements. The original work was called “Contrology”. Today, we just call it “Pilates”, but with the same focus on improving health and vitality through better posture, body mechanics, correct breathing, and spinal flexibility.
We refer to Pilates as a mind-body system of exercise. It has attracted many Hollywood celebrities, as well as top models, dancers, and athletes. They have all reaped the benefits, however almost anyone of any age and level of fitness can do Pilates. The exercises are gentle and designed to put as little strain on the body as possible.
Pilates can and does improve your overall health. The exercises are very effective for helping to tone the muscles and achieve a longer, leaner look, without creating bulk. They will help you to reduce stress and beat fatigue, as well as build up your self-confidence and heighten your sense of well-being.
You will start to look and feel great, and move with grace and balance, that comes from improved coordination and greater muscle flexibility. Pilates exercises have been designed to work the muscles of the body as efficiently as possible in the minimum amount of time. Some of the benefits of Pilates are improved balance, less stress, more efficient digestion, increased oxygen intake, better circulation, improved skin, enhanced immune system, sculpted body, and greater strength and coordination.
“Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit!”
~ Joseph H. Pilates
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