Pilates is a mind-body practice that strengthens and tones the entire body from the core, targeting all of the stabilizer and mover muscles to enable graceful and symmetrical body movement.
Pilates uses intentional exercises on various apparatuses designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture with every movement. Pilates exercises are more effective than other types of exercise; they target and challenge several muscle groups unanimously with efficiency and demand precision. The exercises stretch one muscle group while strengthening another, requiring a great deal of abdominal control and stamina. Pilates sessions are designed to flow and balance a whole body workout.
Pilates will help everybody and every body type meet their goals and reach their potential. The founder, Joseph Pilates, created the exercises to enable his clients to have more mobility through strength and flexibility despite their ailment or disability. He used whatever assists were available, such as hospital bedsprings, upside down chairs, and barrels. Soon after his immigration to the USA, he and his wife Clara began training dancers, celebrities and physical therapists. In the 1980s, word got out about the wonderful benefit of Pilates and the practice began to expand so that it was more available to the general public. The use of Pilates for fitness has grown tremendously by athletes, new mothers, baby boomers, performers, and rehabilitation patients (to name a few).
If you're looking for pregnancy or post-pregnancy exercise, or to simply gain tone and strength in your body, Pilates is an excellent choice.
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*** Please note: Pilates is not physical therapy and it should not replace physical therapy if your physician has prescribed it. However, Pilates is a safe and complimentary exercise program if you are undergoing physical therapy, as long as you discuss it with your doctor and physical therapist. Please consult your doctor before beginning any new exercise routine.