The Pilates method is a system of conditioning for the mind and body based on the work of movement pioneer Joseph Pilates (1880-1967). Pilates had some key insights into movement and posture. He believed that movement should flow from a strong core, and emphasized the importance of breathing, concentration, control, precision, and flowing movement. Many of his ideas, including his understanding that the abdominal muscles play an important role in stabilizing the spine, have been validated by scientific research. Modern Pilates builds on the firm foundation established by Joseph Pilates, and incorporates new developments based on contemporary research in physiology, biomechanics, physical therapy, and neurology.
How can Pilates help me?
Pilates can help improve your:
- Body awareness
- Performance in sport and dance, while helping prevent injury
"Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure." - Joseph Pilates, in Return to Life Through Contrology, 1945