This world-wide known fitness and rehabilitation method was founded by Joseph Pilates over 80 years ago. Joseph Pilates named his method Controllogy, which means coordination of the mind, body and spirit through the correct use of muscles and breathing, in order to control the body as a whole. Once the best-kept secret of the dance community, Pilates has been discovered and embraced by singers, models, athletes and actors such as Madonna, Jennifer Aniston, Hugh Grant, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rod Stewart and many others…
The method consists of unique series of controlled movements, and as it combines principles from different methods like yoga, breathing techniques and martial arts, it helps to restore balance between body and mind.
Being performed either on the mat or by using special equipment, it helps to improve circulation, balance and concentration, increase strength and flexibility, strengthen the immune system and promote over-all sense of well being. In addition, the Pilates method is considered to be a valuable form of rehabilitation and being increasingly used by therapists in hospitals and clinics all over the world.
What makes the Pilates method so unique?
Joseph H. Pilates created more than 500 different exercises designed to develop the body uniformly. Whether performed on a mat or by using the special Pilates apparatus, these exercises promote balance and harmony of the body and are suitable for people of all ages. Most of the exercises are performed in a gravity-eliminating position, while emphasizing body symmetry and abdominal control.
?Every movement has a purpose? ? rather than repeating each exercise many times, exercises are being repeated few times only, while using specific principles such as body-mind awareness, concentration and synchronized breathing. The emphasis is on precise yet flowing movements that require proper control and form. Recognizing the great power of breathing, each Pilates exercise has its own breathing pattern, which is used to release tension in the body and to assist in directing the energy to the right areas.
Unlike ?traditional? forms of exercise, this method focuses on elongation of the muscles, keeping them in their natural form without creating any bulk. Also, it targets deeper muscle groups that are often neglected, concentrating on correct alignment of the body.
The Pilates experience
In Pilates, since the mind works together with the body to perform each movement correctly, you will experience a new feeling of body awareness, function and control. Not only that you will see and feel the difference in your body, but it will also help you to create a healthy self-image through the attainment of a better posture, increased flexibility and improved coordination. Here you will find a gentle and practical way to change your body and to improve your posture and alignment through natural evolution, rather than methods which force the body to perform faulty movements and promote injuries.
Imagine an exercise program that you really enjoy and look forward to. Imagine an exercise program that tones and strengthen your muscles, with fast results. Imagine an exercise program that really helps you to prevent injuries or to recover from them. Imagine a program that leaves you feeling refreshed, alert and energized, both physically and mentally.
Pilates helps to:
- Improve respiration and body-mind awareness
- Enhance coordination and muscle strength
- Increase range of motion in the joints
- Improve posture and alignment
- Develop mobility, agility and balance
- Tone and build long, lean muscles without bulk
- Develop a long flexible spine
- Challenge deep abdominal muscles to support the core
- Build stamina and concentration
- Strengthen your immune system and improve circulation
- Relieve pain, tension and stress and boost your energy level
- Recover from an injury and prevent a new one
- Promote an over-all sense of well being and a pain-free body