Origin of Pilates

Pilates is a gentle yet very effective form of body conditioning that was originally designed to rehabilitate the disabled and sick during World War I. After the war, Joseph Pilates and his wife established the first Pilates studio in New York City, where his method was taught to circus performers, gymnasts, dancers and the elite of New York society. Today the benefits of these simple exercises are enjoyed by the most diverse range of populations across the globe.

Who can benefit:

  • Very young, very old, inbetweeners

  • Weak, disabled, dancers and athletes

  • Male and Female

  • Pregnant ladies

  • Everybody!

Goals and Benefits

The exercises aim to mobilize the spine and strengthen the muscles supporting it. They also strive to correct muscle imbalances and improve posture. Once the natural curves of the spine have been restored, with the support of the deep abdominal and back muscles, the rest of the body's structure falls into place. Not only does this reduce one's risk of injuries, it also eliminates neural tension and can improve organ function.

Pilates should not be seen as a weight loss regimen, but rather as a tool to help achieve overall balance and a healthy lifestyle. The low-impact exercises are slow-paced to allow for correct muscle recruitment, so that you have maximum control and awareness of your own body.

Breathing is emphasized throughout the workout, which encourages blood flow and minimizes muscle tension and fatigue.

Other benefits include:

  • Muscle control

  • Muscle tone

  • Body awareness

  • Improved feeling of well-being

  • Improved balance in all it’s forms

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