The Pilates method was named after its inventor, Joseph Pilates, who was born in Germany in 1880. Joseph was an asthmatic, frail child determined to overcome his physical weakness. In 1912 he left for England to train as a boxer and also teach self-defense to Scotland Yard detectives. During World War I he was thrown into an internment camp to work as a nurse. It was here that he focused his knowledge of body-building towards rehabilitating injured soldiers. Experimenting with springs attached to hospital beds, he enabled his patients to start applying movement and resistance to their muscles. From this experiment sprung the idea of the "Universal Reformer" (a wooden bed utilizing pulleys and springs which exercise the entire body).
The essence Is proper breathing and control over your body and its muscles, with particular emphasis - on the abdomen. The method focuses ori building a strong "Central Core" by strengthening your abdominal wall and spine. There are over 500 exercises, many based on Yoga and dance. Rather then many reps, each exercise is performed only a few times but with intense concentration on form and precision.
Who is it for?
Pilates is for EVERYONE! Too often I hear some one say I can’t do Pilates, it looks like it would be too hard for me or I’m not flexible enough or I’m not thin enough or I’m not strong enough. This is the whole reason you want to do Pilates. This amazing method of exercise was developed from the rehabilitation techniques of Joseph Pilates. Pilates is a safe, sensible exercise system using a floor mat or equipment, which will help you look and feel you’re very best. No matter what your age or condition, it WILL work for you. Pilates Improves core strength, Flexibility, agility, and economy of motion. It can even help alleviate back pain and other chronic ailments. The Pilates method has caught on world wide. Current-day devotees include Opra, Uma Thurman, Sharon Stone, Gina Gershon, and Madonna. What is extraordinary about Pilates is the broad appeal. Dancers do it to maintain flexibility and strength; athletes do it to gain endurance, and some do it to alleviate pain. Unlike running, weight training, or aerobics. Pilates is safe for the elderly, people with injuries, and even pregnant women. Pilates programs can be individualized to meet the specific needs of each person, with special consideration given to your age, fitness level and health condition. Finding yourself a certified Pilates instructor can help you create a resistance-based program that will challenge your mind and body simultaneously, leaving you feeling flexible, strong, and invigorated.
- Joseph Pilates
Specialty Classes OfferedPrenatal Pilates is a program designed to offer gentle, gradual muscle strengthening and flexibility work that, aids greatly in muscle toning through all trimesters. Pilates will enhance every womens care for nine months and will shorten labor and delivery for those who take time to participate faithfully in their workouts. Pilates is a great workout to train and tone the muscles used during delivery. Baby & Me for new moms! Bring your baby to class and enjoy one hour of equipment exercises that tone, lengthen, strengthen and refresh!