What Does Pilates Involve?
Pilates uses a combination of approximately 50 simple, repetitive exercises to create muscular fatigue. The exercises are designed to increase your muscle strength and endurance, as well as your flexibility, posture and balance.
Body weight or small bits of equipment challenge your fitness levels as you move through different positions. All Pilates exercises flow from the “five essentials” – breathing, cervical alignment, rib and scapular stabilization, pelvic mobility and utilising the ‘core’ muscles.
Who Is Joseph Pilates?
Plagued by asthma and rickets as a child, Joseph Pilates created an exercise method which sprang from his determination to strengthen his frail and sickly body. He studied yoga, martial arts, Zen meditation and Greek and Roman exercises.
During the latter part of World War I, Joseph Pilates served as an orderly in a hospital on the Isle of Man, where he began to therapeutically move the non-ambulatory soldiers. He attached springs to hospital beds to support the patient’s limbs while he worked them and he and the doctors noticed that the patients seemed to recover more rapidly.
Unique at the time, Pilates’ method allowed and encouraged movement early in the rehabilitation process by providing needed assistance. His experiences led to the development of his distinctive method of physical and mental conditioning, which he brought to the United States in 1923.
What Are The Benefits?
There are many benefits of Pilates of which improved stamina and increased flexibility are just a couple. If you’d like to know more about how Pilates can help you download our free guide or get in touch via the link below.