The name Pilates comes from Joseph H. Pilates. Born on December 9, 1883 and died on October 9th 1967 he immigrated to America from Germany. He believed his approach to total well-being should be embraced by all, and as a result developed a movement system. Originally called Contrology this system of movement was not only found to improve strength and flexibility in the body but mental conditioning as well.
Pilates recognized that physical and mental health are completely dependent upon one another and wanted to pass this knowledge on for everyone to experience.
In order to do this, it was crucial to unveil a client’s individual needs, and allow the Pilates method to adjust accordingly to every individual. In working with such varied client needs, the Pilates method has proven to be easily individualized. (Clients from all backgrounds, i.e. athletes to post trauma injury clients benefit from his life’s work.)
While exercising ones natural ranges of motion, a Pilates instructor can guide a client to find a centering of alignment, through concentration of breath, precision, and flow, helping a client to find pure bio-mechanics and a better sense of ease in their bodies.
Benefits of Pilates:
- Improved strength and flexibility
- The ability to stabilize your own body weight
- Change your physical appearance through exercise
- Re-align and improve posture
- Experience increased energy and stamina
- Reduce stress thus boosting the immune system
- Improved sleep
- A heightened sense of awareness in the body
- Improved clarity of mind/body sequencing, leading to a more stress-free and balanced lifestyle.