The Pilates Method
What is Pilates?
Joseph Pilates created the Pilates method for the goal of conditioning both body and mind to function at peak efficiency such that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Pilates, originally referred to as Contrology, is the synchrony of body, mind, and spirit for the purpose of acquiring complete control over ones own body.
The Pilates method is an excellent exercise discipline suited for all levels physical fitness. It acts as a great complement to the conditioning of any other sport as it is a system that builds and improves upon functional fitness and foundational movement patterns. This exercise method aims to strengthen every muscle in the body to develop the body uniformly, correct wrong postures, restore physical vitality, invigorate the mind, and elevate the spirit.
What is a Pilates workout?
The essence of a Pilates workout is quality of movement over quantity of movement. It is an effective exercise discipline because it is a workout based on precise alignment and execution of movements. Although attention to detail is fundamental tenet of the method, a Pilates workout is far from stagnant. The ultimate goal of the Method is to move dynamically while maintaining this high level of precision.
Every Pilates exercise consists of stretch, strength, and control components. The stretch in the body is created by the strength of oppositional forces, while the mind must control the movement to keep the joints aligned and centered.
The Pilates system utilizes an assortment of apparatus to teach the body to fire the appropriate muscles needed for a movement. The exercises are performed on all planes of motion with body-weight resistance and spring tension, and are repeated in different orientations to facilitate learning, strengthening and challenging the body.