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187A7554About Pilates


“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness” Joseph Pilates, “Return to Life”


Pilates is a system of work and release designed to open the body while releasing joints.   Joseph Pilates developed his series of exercises on the Mat and on specialized equipment such as the Reformer and Cadillac/Trapeze table over eighty years ago. He set out to create a system of movement that would challenge not only the physical body, but the mind as well. The three main principles of the Pilates Method are Whole Body Health, Whole Body Commitment and Breath (as described in his book “Return to Life”).


A Pilates session is comprised of exercises done on the mat and/or on equipment designed by Joseph Pilates.   He originally developed 34 matwork exercises, which later evolved into exercises done on the Reformer, Chair, Cadillac and other equipment. The matwork uses one’s own body weight and gravity for resistance, while some of the equipment work uses springs for resistance.   To achieve the maximum benefit of the Pilates work, proper execution of the exercises requires the following:


– Breathing

– Concentration

– Control

– Centering

– Precision

– Rhythm

– Balanced muscle development


187A7522Pilates is suitable for all levels of fitness, and its many benefits include:


  • Improved posture
  • Increased body awareness
  • Increased energy
  • Improved joint mobility
  • Excellent for injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Enhanced performance in other sports and activities
  • Training of muscle systems, rather than individual muscles
  • Development of long, lean muscles


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