WHAT IS PILATES?
Joeseph Pilates' most famous qoute reads "Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness," and can be found as the first line on the first page of his book Return to Life Through Contrology. Joe Pilates called his method of exercising 'contrology' because he believed that the ultimate goal in proper physical fitness was the ability to have full control over the muscles in the body with the mind. Essentially, Pilates believed in a balance of body and mind and created a series of exercieses to train his students to achieve just that.
More specifically, Pilates is a full-body workout with a strong focus on the core musculature that also promotes spinal and general flexibility, endurance, posture, strength and a strong mind-body connection. Exercises in the Pilates method neither underdevelop or overdevelop any one muscle group at a time, but rather work to strengthen the body as one seamlessly working unit. If done consistently, a Pilates practice will correct posture and body alignment, alieviate aches and pains, strengthen weaknesses throughout the body, and prevent and lower risk of injury.
Pilates is for everyone. I have worked with women, men, runners with knee injuries, the athlete looking to strengthen and perfect their game, the desk-job worker with back pain, pre and post natal women, the new mom trying to lose baby weight and more. The list is endless because Pilates is for everyone and benefits everyone. A true pilates session should include exercises that train the body to work properly in all planes of movement, but should also be tailored to each client's individual needs and goals. If you are curious about how Pilates can help you and your body, contact me for your first session. What have you got to lose?