|The Pilates (pih-LAH-teez) Method of Body
Conditioning is the art of strength, stretch and control. Legendary
physical trainer Joseph H. Pilates developed this unique exercise program
in the 1920's. Pilates is a full body conditioning system designed to
develop and improve strength, flexibility, posture and coordination.
Unlike many training programs, Pilates works the whole body, emphasizing
control, precision and concentration in both the mind and the body.
Movements are not performed rapidly or repeated excessively instead, the
focus is on quality not quantity. The abdominal muscles, lower back and
buttocks ("powerhouse") serve as the center of all movement, allowing the
rest of the body to move freely. The low impact nature of Pilates makes it
ideal for injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Pilates teaches six which train the body to
move efficiently with minimal impact on the body
The balance between strength
and flexibility creates a healthy, vigorous and symmetrical workout for all
muscle groups resulting in a leaner, more balanced, and stronger