What is Pilates?

The Pilates method , which was devised by Joseph Pilates, was introduced to the United States in the 1920s. It was one of the first exercise systems in the west to take a holistic approach to fitness and well-being. Pilates encompasses more than 500 controlled, precise movements, which are performed on mat or with special apparatus and designed to stretch and strengthen muscles. You use your inner abdominal muscles, low back, and buttocks (also known as the “powerhouse”) to initiate and direct movement so that the rest of the body can move mo freely, yet in an ’empowered’ manner.

What can Pilates do for you?

Pilates uses controlled movements, primarily focused on your “core” (a term for your torso) to build body strength, flexibility, and endurance. It’s a body conditioning routine that won’t result in bulky muscles. Instead, the movements serve to lengthen your muscles as it strengthens them. The most popular series of movements using a mat on the floor. Other forms of Pilates is mat-based, where you do a series of movements using a mat on the floor. Other forms of Pilates require the use of large expensive pieces of equipment commonly found in Pilates studios.

Whatever the form, Pilates has the power to dramatically transform the way your body looks. It will give you a sleek, toned body, with a flat abdomen and slender thighs in addition to better posture.

Why choose Pilates?