What is Pilates?

Joseph Pilates began developing pilates over 90 years ago in Germany, where he used the beginning techniques to help debilitated soldiers learn to use their bodies properly again. He would go on to spend the rest of his life perfecting and teaching his techniques to others and believing that “change happens through movement, and movement heals.” His methods have become a worldwide phenomenon by the way that they heal, strengthen, and develop a well rounded healthy body.

Pilates is a style of working out that everybody is capable of doing due to the fact that it is low-impact and can be altered to fit an individual's need. During a Pilates session, you will be led through a series of movements that flow through the entire body. These movement systems will work every muscle group all while putting a large emphasis on your core. Becoming mindful of your core is the perfect addition to any lifestyle. It is beneficial for people who are always on their feet, training for a specific competition, recovering from injuries, or even used to sitting for extended periods of time. It has been proved to alleviate low back pain and correct posture by strengthening the muscles surrounding your spinal column.

Pilates is based on three principles-breath, whole-body health, and whole-body commitment. The way that the movements flow together allow you to control your breathing as you become mindful of the muscles you are working. Each session will challenge you and push you to your limits, but you will be surprised at how quickly you get stronger. You are likely to begin seeing changes in your body within three pilates sessions. Every time you come back, you will find yourself able to do more and more, if you just keep trying. Pilates is about celebrating what your body can do.

"A man is as young as his spinal column."

-Joseph Pilates

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