Pilates is a mind-body exercise system designed to strengthen the weak and challenge the strong. It was created by the late Joseph Pilates (1880-1967) a German expatriate who started developing his method first made during WWI by developing a series of exercises and innovative equipment to help prisoners of war regain strength and mobility. When Joseph Pilates immigrated to New York, the local professional dance community discovered that his conditioning technique, called ‘Contrology’ helped prevent injury and improve strength while maintaining long, even muscle tone.
Nowadays, people are becoming increasingly more interested in fitness modalities that help relieve stress and are kinder and gentler to the body, like Pilates. They’re also much more interested in prevention of injuries with programs that can be continued even as they age. People want to stay fit and functional, and continue to look good for as long as possible. Pilates is an excellent choice for individuals of all ages and fitness levels who have a variety of goals. Pilates is complementary to many traditional fitness routines and its mind connection has even been said to be useful in preventing stress-related illnesses like heart disease.