The Practice of Pilates
Pilates (puh-LAH-teez) is a non-impact, total body, deep muscle conditioning method developed by Joseph H. Pilates in the 1920s. Pilates works the body from the inside out, developing strength, flexibility, and coordination while improving body alignment, awareness and balance. Born in Germany in 1880, Joseph Pilates was a gymnast and boxer, and had a lifelong interest in body conditioning. During World War I, he served as a nurse in a British internment camp. Pilates rigged hospital beds with springs to support his patients’ weak limbs to begin their recovery process. While he worked with them, doctors noticed that patients, who practiced Pilates, improved faster than those who did not. This spring-based apparatus became the first “machine” Pilates developed. This system, combined with Mat work, formed the foundation of his method. The first official Pilates studio was set up in New York City in 1926. Today, his method is more popular than ever and is practiced all over the world.
Who Should Do Pilates
You may have heard about Pilates from celebs, television personalities or professional athletes who have touted the profound results they have seen through a regular practice of Pilates. But the truth is, Pilates isn’t just for elite athletes or famous movie stars – Pilates is for all bodies! Pilates is a non-impact, balanced system that works as well for the super fit, as it does for the uninitiated. It can produce results regardless of age or fitness level.
- Increase core strength/stability
- Enhance balance and flexibility
- Improve posture and spinal flexibility
- Flatten, tone and strengthen the stomach, back, thighs and buttocks without bulk
- Improve focus and coordination
In the Soul Movement studio, exercises are done utilizing the Reformer, a spring based apparatus that Joe specially designed, that provides a very low impact, highly efficient muscle strengthening and flexibility workout. The Reformer challenges difficulty but also assists movement, aiding in appropriate and safe positioning to perform the exercises. You will quickly notice improvements in posture, energy, flexibility, balance, strength, stamina, and muscle tone.
Pilates isn’t just for elite athletes or famous movie stars – Pilates is for all bodies! Pilates is a non-impact, balanced system that works as well for the super fit, as it does for the uninitiated. It can produce results regardless of age or fitness level which makes it a perfect fit for everyone. Like all exercise programs, Pilates is a commitment to yourself. Adhering to a consistent schedule is the only way to achieve the results you desire. As Joe said, it’s a program “that will last all your life!”