Developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century, Pilates is a fitness system of controlled exercises that engage the mind and condition the body. Originally called Contrology, the method is a blend of strength (with a core focus) and flexibility that develops body awareness, improves posture, and reduces stress. Pilates utilizes six principles; Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath, and Flow to achieve the above. There are two main approaches to Pilates: classical and contemporary. Classical advocates teach the method as Joe did, beginning with the hundred and teaching in a prescribed way. Contemporary proponents prefer to adapt the exercises as needed and sequence differently. While both are valid, I prefer the flexibility of the contemporary approach.
What I love about Pilates is the ability to accommodate as well as challenge an individual or group. Pilates is often utilized in physical therapy as well as athletic training. I have worked in Pilates and dance studios, health clubs, and colleges teaching this method to a diverse client/student population. I was first introduced to Pilates at the recommendation of my college ballet teacher. While I loved it, the sessions were too expensive for a dancer and college student to make a regular part of my schedule. A few years later, a dancer friend that was teaching Pilates at a local studio suggested me to her employer as a potential trainer. I received training from an exceptional exercise physiologist, certified through the PhysicalMind Institute and later the Pilates Method Alliance. The rest, as they say, is history.
My goal is to bring Pilates to all bodies by offering affordable rates and innovative programming to allow more people to experience the benefits. Pilates is not just for celebrities and professional athletes. Joseph Pilates said, "the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of easily and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure." Doesn't that sound like a worthy endeavor?
Published on Sep 23, 2012
An animated history of the remarkable life of Joseph Pilates, creator of the Pilates Technique. This video was made possible by the generous support of http://www.taubepilates.com/