History of Pilates
Developed in the 1920s by the Joseph H. Pilates, the Pilates Method is a series of exercises that can be performed on a mat or with specialised equipment.
Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1880. He started life as a small, frail child, which fueled his fascination with exercises that would make him healthier, stronger and more physically attractive.
Obsessed with attainment of the perfect body, he became an accomplished skier, boxer and gymnast. During World War I, Pilates was interned due to his nationality and it was during this time that he designed exercise apparatus used to rehabilitate injured war victims.
In 1926, Pilates and his wife opened their first studio in New York City where many of their first clients came from the world of dance. Eminent dance masters such as George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Martha Graham became devoted to his method.
Benefits of Pilates
- Improve strength, flexibility and balance.
- Tone and build long, lean muscles without bulk.
- Challenge deep abdominal muscles to support the core.
- Engage the mind and enhance body awareness.
- Condition efficient patterns of movement making the body less prone to injury.
- Reduce stress, relieve tension, and boost energy through deep stretching.
- Restore postural alignment.
- Create a stronger, more flexible spine.
- Promote recovery from strain or injury.
- Increase joint range of motion.
- Improve circulation.
- Heighten neuromuscular coordination.
- Offer relief from back pain and joint stress.
- Correct over-training of muscle groups which can lead to stress and injury.
- Enhance mobility, agility and stamina.
- Compliment sports training and develop functional fitness for daily life activity.
- Improve the way your body looks and feels.