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Joseph Hubertus Pilates was born in 1880 near Düsseldorf, Germany. His father, a native of Greece, had been a prize-winning gymnast, while his German-born mother was a naturopath who believed in the principle of stimulating the body to heal itself without artificial drugs. No doubt his mother's healing philosophy and father's physical achievements greatly influenced Pilates' later ideas on therapeutic exercise.

Small and sickly as a child, he was afflicted with asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever, and was continually taunted by the bigger children. He quickly became determined to overcome his physical disadvantages. Thereupon young Joseph began to self-educate himself in anatomy, bodybuilding, wrestling, yoga, gymnastics, and martial arts. He soon achieved an almost Adonis-like "anatomical ideal," to the extent that at the age of 14 he was posing as a model for anatomy charts. He was also an accomplished boxer, skier, and diver.

His physique was such that, like Eugen Sandow, Pilates in his public career as a circus entertainer used to perform a "living Greek statue" act. He was enamored of the classical Greek ideal of a man who is balanced equally in body, mind, and spirit, and he came to believe that our modern lifestyle, bad posture, and inefficient breathing were the roots of poor health.
 

1. Who is Joseph Pilates?

Joseph Pilates circa 1920

Joseph Pilates teaching

1. Who is Joseph Pilates?

2. What is Pilates?

Pilates is a system of over 500 controlled exercises that engage the mind and condition the total body. It is a balanced blend of strength and flexibility training that improves posture, reduces stress and creates long, lean muscles without bulking up. Pilates works several muscle groups simultaneously through smooth, continuous motion, with a particular concentration on strengthening and stabilizing the core (the abdomen, back and pelvic girdle region, sometimes referred to as the "powerhouse"). 

The focus is on quality of movement rather than quantity, which makes one feel invigorated rather than exhausted after a session. Pilates takes a balanced approach so that no muscle group is overworked and the body works as an efficient, holistic system in sport and daily activity. Pilates exercises can be performed on a mat or on specialized equipment such as a Pilates Reformer, Pilates Cadillac and Wunda Chair.

3. How will I benefit?

With regular committed Pilates workouts you can expect to: 

  • Improve strength, flexibility and balance

  • Tone and build long, lean muscles without bulk

  • Challenge deep abdominal muscles to support the core

  • Engage the mind and enhance body awareness

  • Condition efficient patterns of movement making the body less prone to injury

  • Reduce stress, relieve tension, boost energy through deep stretching

  • Restore postural alignment

  • Create a stronger, more flexible spine

  • Promote recovery from strain or injury

  • Increase joint range of motion

  • Improve circulation

  • Heighten neuromuscular coordination

  • Offer relief from back pain and joint stress

  • Correct over-training of muscle groups which can lead to stress and injury

  • Enhance mobility, agility and stamina

  • Compliment sports training and develop functional fitness for daily life activity

  • Improve the way your body looks and feels

3. How will I benefit?

With regular committed Pilates workouts you can expect to: 

  • Improve strength, flexibility and balance

  • Tone and build long, lean muscles without bulk

  • Challenge deep abdominal muscles to support the core

  • Engage the mind and enhance body awareness

  • Condition efficient patterns of movement making the body less prone to injury

  • Reduce stress, relieve tension, boost energy through deep stretching

  • Restore postural alignment

  • Create a stronger, more flexible spine

  • Promote recovery from strain or injury

  • Increase joint range of motion

  • Improve circulation

  • Heighten neuromuscular coordination

  • Offer relief from back pain and joint stress

  • Correct over-training of muscle groups which can lead to stress and injury

  • Enhance mobility, agility and stamina

  • Compliment sports training and develop functional fitness for daily life activity

  • Improve the way your body looks and feels

4. What should I wear?

Wear comfortable workout clothes that we can see your body in. Make sure your clothes move with you.  No need to wear shoes or socks; this allows for us to see your feet and for you to feel your feet.

5. What if I have back issues or chronic pain?

Pilates can be modified for special populations. We have highly trained instructors who have studied several rehabilitation and manual therapy techniques that, when used in conjunction with the Pilates method, will help alleviate chronic back pain or even acute situations. We also have instructors who specialize in pre and post natal care. 

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6. Will I lose weight doing Pilates?

In essence, Pilates exercise is not a cardiovascular workout and burning calories is not it's main focus. However, in conjunction with a sensible diet and some cardio work such as brisk walking, bicycling, aerobics or swimming, Pilates can factor into a weight loss program. 


Pilates exercises help strengthen, sculpt and tone the body while building long, lean muscles. Whether the number on the scale goes down or not, you will tend to look and feel better through continued Pilates practice.

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