What is Pilates?

What is Pilates?

Pilates is an innovative system evolved from the principles of Joseph H. Pilates that integrates the mind, body and experience. Joseph Pilates lived in the early 20th century in Germany, and as of 2005, there are 11 million people who practice the discipline regularly and 14,000 instructors in the United States.

Joseph H. Pilates pioneered therapeutic exercises to help ballet dancers recover from injuries and improve their performance. Because of its effectiveness, this exercise system became popular as a conditioning routine for athletes, actors, and models as well.

Joseph Pilates on the ReformerJoseph Pilates called his method Contrology because he believed his method uses the mind to control the muscles. The program focuses on the core postural muscles which help keep the body balanced and which are essential to providing support for the spine.

Pilates teaches body awareness, good posture and easy, graceful movement. Pilates improves flexibility, agility and economy of motion. It can even help alleviate back pain.

Professional dancers have known the benefits of Pilates for decades. Top athletes use it for strength, flexibility and injury prevention. Hollywood celebrities use it to maintain beautiful physiques.