About Pilates | The Pilates Studio

About Pilates

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You’ve probably read about it in magazines, heard about it on talk shows, even seen videos and “kits” sold at department stores. It’s so popular that you can do Pilates-based exercise at most health clubs, gyms and yoga studios, as well as at private Pilates studios.  But what is it?  The Pilates (puh-la-tees) method of conditioning was developed in the early 1900’s by German-born Joseph Pilates, and introduced to the American dance world when he immigrated to New York in 1923.

The Pilates method has been used for decades by dancers, athletes, actors and physical therapists; the method is now commonly recommended by osteopaths, general practitioners, obstetricians, massage therapists, acupuncturists and chiropractors.

The work consists of specific exercises carefully performed on a mat or specially designed apparatus. The resistance-based training creates lengthened, flexible muscles that are toned and not bulky. The focus of the work is on strengthening the deep abdominals and muscles of the low back to obtain and maintain optimal posture, while the practice of conscious breathing integrates the mind and body as a whole.

The method demands concentration and commitment.  As Joseph Pilates said,

“In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in twenty you will see the difference, and in thirty you’ll have a whole new body.”

You will learn to integrate the principles of the work into your daily life, maximizing your efficiency, preventing injury, reducing aches and pains, and increasing stamina.

The Pilates method is appropriate for everyone, with modifications made for injury, pregnancy, sports training, and individual goals.