The Pilates Method
A method created to strengthen the mind, body and spirit.
The Pilates method, defined in the early 1920′s by Joseph Hubertus Pilates, was based on the ideal of obtaining complete coordination of mind, body and spirit. It is a collection of unique and cohesive movements, or exercises that progressively forms a sequence building on proper placement, energy, articulation, flow and strength.
Pure Classical Pilates aims to strengthen the mind, body and spirit connection while emphasizing control, precision and concentration. The Pilates method is practiced by people all over the world at every fitness level. It has a wide range of movement vocabulary with 500+ exercises and is beneficial for everybody.
Pilates can be practiced in the form of mat sessions or training with a Pilates apparatus. Mat sessions involves following a set of choreographed exercises that puts emphasis on learning how to control your muscles. Mat training can be better for beginners but is still beneficial for all levels. The Pilates apparatus works by creating resistance by the pulley and spring system and can provide a more challenging strength and endurance workout than mat classes. Apparatus training may also produce visible results sooner than mat training. Your arm, leg and abdominal muscles could look more defined within fewer sessions.
Some of the many benefits are:
- Improved core strength and stability
- Improved posture
- Improved flexibility
- Improved circulation
- Improved balance
- Prevention and treatment of back and neck pain
- Decreased stress
(Information collected in part from The Pilates Teacher Training Manual by Rebecca Quin and Marianne Adams and Peter Fiasca’s www.classicalpilates.net)