Joseph Pilates developed a method of physical training he called "Contrology" in the beginning of the 1900s. Its purpose was to strengthen the human mind and body and teach you to be in control of every aspect of every moment. The exercises were performed either on the floor or on "apparatus", designed by Joseph Pilates himself. The most popular and well known is the reformer, named so because it would universally reform the body. The apparatus are designed to help with alignment and posture, and often use pulleys and a set of springs to create resistance for the body to work against.
The Pilates Method's appeals to a wide range of people and conditions. Popular mainly among dancers in the mid-1900s, it is now widely used by both men and women of all ages and capabilities. With hundreds of exercises and different types of equipment, a challenging yet safe workout can be created for anyone who wants to improve their function. As your body becomes more skilled at moving, the equipment allows for increasing intensity and challenge. You will never get bored.
The Pilates Method is built on six original principles that have stood up to the test of time: concentration, control, centering, flow, precision, and breathing. Each exercise is performed with all these principles in mind, emphasizing quality over quantity: The measure of success is not in how much you sweat or how tired and sore you become, but in the long term improvement of function. The result is enhanced longevity, a healthy body and mind, less pain, and an overall sense of well being.
Some benefits of Pilates include:
- Balanced strength and flexibility
- Improved joint mobility and elongated lean muscles
- A stronger more stable core
- Proper breathing and improved circulation
- Better posture with correct spinal and pelvic alignment
- Mind/body awareness
- Increased sense of relaxation
- Injury prevention
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