Joseph H. Pilates, born in Germany, developed the Pilates Method in the early 1920’s. He was a frail and sickly child and was determined to get stronger. He called his method, “The Art of Contrology”, or Muscle Control. During the First World War he served as an orderly in a hospital, where he attached springs to the hospital beds to help rehabilitate his patients. This was the beginning of his spring-based exercise system, later designed to be used in conjunction with the mat work.
The Pilates Method is a conditioning system that strengthens and stretches the body uniformly, correcting alignment and posture, while incorporating breathing patterns that stimulate the mind and relax the body.
The Pilates Method is a series of exercises that can be done on the floor or on a variety of specially designed equipment. One of the more popular pieces of equipment is the Universal Reformer. This unique apparatus utilizes spring-controlled resistance to build core strength, increase flexibility, endurance and coordination. The result is a strong, yet flexible, well-toned body, without muscle bulk.
The Pilates Method can benefit anyone, from the super-fit athlete to the pregnant woman, and everyone in between; even those with injuries or chronic conditions. Many physicians, physical therapists and chiropractors incorporate Pilates technique into their rehabilitation programs.
Joseph H. Pilates believed that fewer, more precise, concentrated movements would elongate and balance the muscles; and turn the abdominals, lower back and hips into the body’s power center.