Joseph Pilates’ lifelong interest in body conditioning began when he was a child, seeking ways to develop his own frail body. A native of Germany, he became an accomplished skier, diver, and gymnast. While training to be a boxer in England, he performed in the circus and taught self-defense to Scotland Yard detectives.
As a nurse in World War I, he experimented with springs attached to hospital beds to strengthen patients, and to allow them to begin moving before they could get out of bed. His then revolutionary discoveries led him to design the Universal Reformer, and the mat exercises, that became the foundation of the Pilates Method. In 1923, he came to the United States, bringing with him the physical training system that’s continued to grow in sophistication and popularity.
Today, the Pilates Method is used by dance companies throughout the world, as well as by Olympic Athletes, professional athletes, and sports teams. Fitness centers increasingly find the Pilates Method to be the preferred exercise system for individuals of all ages.
What is the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning?
Pilates may be the most well-balanced method of body conditioning that exists. It builds strength and flexibility, creating an ease of control of posture and movement. Although best recognized for its emphasis on core strength, the Pilates method of body conditioning works on the entire body. Whether you are young or old, a dancer or athlete, or are looking to get back into shape, Pilates can be tailored to your level and ability. Focusing on concentration, control, centering, precision, flow of movement, and breathing, Pilates leaves you refreshed and alert, with a feeling of physical and mental well-being.
Tangible effects become apparent to you in only 10 sessions. In 20 sessions, the positive effects become visible and obvious to others. And in 30 sessions, you will feel as if you have an entirely new body!