Pilates Method, developed by the legendary physical trainer
Joseph Pilates, is an extensive physical conditioning
system. Emphasizing body alignment and correct breathing,
Pilates uses abdomen, lower back and buttocks as a power
center, enabling the rest of the body to move freely.
Born In Germany in 1880, Joseph H. Pilates had a lifelong
interest in body conditioning. As a frail child, Joseph
Pilates sought ways to develop his strength and stamina,
eventually he grew to become an accomplished skier, diver,
gymnast and boxer. In 1926, Joseph immigrated to the United
States with his exercise method, which has grown in sophistication
and popularity until today.
Pilates Method is very instrumental in development of correct
body alignment, proper posture, flexibility, balance and
coordination as well as muscular endurance and muscular
strength. The Pilates Method of body conditioning promotes
physical harmony and balance for people of all ages and
physical levels. The training is done either on a one-to-one
basis or in small groups, therefore it takes into consideration
one’s limitations and is highly personalized.
Not surprisingly, some of the first people to use The Method
were dancers such as Martha Graham and George Balanchine.
Currently The Pilates method is used by dance companies
throughout the world, as well as by professional and recreational
Recently discovered by physical therapists, chiropractors
and orthopedist, The Method is being integrated into rehabilitative
regimes, designed to enhance recovery of soft tissue injuries.
Used in conjunction with cardiovascular conditioning and
weight training it provides for an extremely effective
and well-rounded training system. Joseph Pilates told his
students: “You will feel better in 10 sessions, look
better in 20 sessions, and have a completely new body in