Imagine having the figure of a dancer and the strength of an athlete; a long and healthy body with beautiful posture and grace of movement … powerful, flexible and controlled. That’s a Pilates body!
“In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 you’ll see the difference, in 30 you’ll have a new body.” - Joseph H. Pilates
THE BUZZ ABOUT?
the media takes notice, the word spreads like wildfire. That's what
happened when Hollywood stars and elite athletes began touting the
benefits of their Pilates workouts. News about this innovative mind-body
exercise program based on the principles of its creator, Joseph
Pilates, created a whirlwind that stormed through the mainstream
exercise world and in four years produced a 500% growth in Pilates
participant numbers. Pilates is now practiced by over ten million
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is a full-body conditioning program of about 500 exercises based
on the six principles of its creator, Joseph H. Pilates. Known for
developing “core” strength, it is much more than just a collection
of exercises. It is a “Method” with a thoughtfully refined and time-tested
foundation in the philosophy and theory of many Eastern and Western
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Why Practice Pilates instead of ... ?
Pilates is a full-body conditioning and rehabilitation program using the best of many exercise methods. The teachers choose from a collection of exercises that work and coordinate all the muscle groups of your body. It’s fun and varied, both challenging and easy, flowing and focused. Pilates is known for developing lean strong balanced bodies no matter your age, weight or physical condition.
Working out in a gym, with weights and equipment using weights, develops strength with bulk rather than the long lean strength developed by Pilates practice. Cardiovascular workouts are a good adjunct exercise to increase circulation and promote the elimination of waste products from the lymph system through the pores of the skin by perspiring. In Pilates and Yoga, wastes are eliminated from the blood through the lungs with deep breathing routines.
Stress reduction is a side benefit of Pilates as in Yoga. Breathing and concentration are important in both. The centering and precision required by the exercises breaks negative thought patterns that produce stress hormones, so you feel happier!
Improving your health and immunity,as you do with nutritional therapies and a healthy diet, is another unexpected benefit of a Pilates practice. When done together each is more effective than either one by itself. Pilates promotes the circulation of blood and energy that increases vitality, delivers oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and removes or neutralizes the waste products and free radicals that cause pain and disease.
Physical fitness, in the words of Joseph H. Pilates, is “the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.” Fitness is more than strength.