About Pilates                      

Pilates is such a versatile exercise system that it is beneficial for a wide variety of conditions. It is a safe, gentle for of exercise that can help you through recovery from many injuries or change the hard-core athlete. 

The foundation of Pilates movement is the concept of core stability. A stable trunk, or mid-section, is the best platform from which to develop whole-body muscular strength and endurance, balance and flexibility. Having a stable “center” allows you to move in a way the reduces energy waste, injury, and muscle confusion that stems from poor alignment and imbalance. The balanced approach of Pilates helps ensure that no muscle group is overworked; the body operates as an efficient, holistic system in sport and daily activity.

Athletes hell-bent on pushing their bodies to the limit: without a stable trunk, they will endlessly battle injury, poor technical or actual performance, and certainly never reach their full potential.

Joseph H. Pilates, the founder of the Pilates method, based his exercise system on various methods from around the world, among them the mind-body formats of yoga and Chinese martial arts. 

Pilates believed that our physical and mental health are intertwined and designed a program around principles that support this philosophy.

You may have heard of Pilates, but may not be quite sure what it is or why it is so important. Pilates (pronounced puh-LAH-teez) is a form of exercise and body conditioning developed by a man named Joseph Pilates. This mind/body exercise method features a series of over 500 exercises. These exercises can be done on a mat or on various innovative pieces of equipment specifically designed for Pilates. 
Pilates is a gentle, low-impact exercise. While the exercises are designed to minimize strain on the body, they also aim to challenge its capabilities. Pilates is designed for people of all fitness levels. 

There are two primary goals associated with Pilates. The first goal is to engage the mind in what the body is doing. Through Pilates, you will become acutely aware of how your body feels, where it is in space, and how best to control its movements. The second goal is to strengthen the core muscles of the body. Although it involves the abdominal muscles, core strength is not about having a visible six-pack. The core muscles include not only the abdominals (specifically the transverse abdominus, the deepest layer of abdominal muscles) and lower back, but also the muscles of the pelvic floor, buttock and hips. 

All of the core muscles work together to keep your trunk stable while your limbs are active. They hold your body upright, absorb shock, improve your balance and posture, and enable you to really put some oomph in your arm and leg movements. 
If your core muscles are weak, your body doesn’t work as effectively, and other muscles have to pick up the slack. A weak core can make you old before your time. 

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