What is Pilates?  

The Pilates method is a system of movement and therapeutic exercises developed over a span of 60 years by Joseph H. Pilates.  Utilizing specialized equipment he designed, the method works by toning muscles and well as balancing the muscular force at the joint level.  It promotes new neuromuscular patterns, heightened body awareness, and more precise coordination.  All these things combine to help prevent future re-injury and reduce – even in some cases alleviate – chronic pain altogether. 

 “[Pilates] is gaining the mastery of your mind over the complete control of your body.”                                    Joe Pilates, Return To Life Through Contrology

                      

Why Classical Pilates?

Classical Pilates is Joseph Pilates’ traditional technique.  Based upon an ordered repertoire of exercises performed at a purposeful tempo, Pilates is characterized by flowing movements, full-body integration, awareness and control, proper musculoskeletal alignment and mental concentration.  The exercises and equipment were developed with one overriding purpose:  to achieve "true health".  Joe Pilates defined it as "the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body."  The following goals of Pilates lead to the fulfillment of true health*:

  1. Uniformly Developed Body - ensures the body is aligned as it was designed to be.  Minor muscles naturally support and strengthen major muscles with all joints supported by balanced weight & force.
  2. Breath - essential to good health.  Pilates improves the way the body is nourished through breathing.  "Breathing is the first act of life, and the last... therefore, above all learn how to breath correctly."  Joe Pilates, Return to Life Through Contrology
  3. Circulation - Speed fresh, oxygenated blood through the body.
  4. Supple Spine - long, strong, flexible bodies function better.  The spine should be able to bend, twist and be a strong central support for the body's framework and internal organs.
  5. Body, Mind & Spirit Balance -  "With body, mind and spirit functioning perfectly as a coordinated whole, what else could reasonably be expected other than an active, alert, disciplined person?"  Joe Pilates, Return to Life Through Contrology

“[Pilates] develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.”                                                                                              Joe Pilates, Return to Life Through Contrology

 *The Everything Pilates Book, Amy Taylor Alpers and Rachel Taylor Segel