a program in which anyone of any age and fitness level can immediately
start to benefit from. It is one of the most sought after exercise methods
to solve ailments such as back pain, poor posture and muscular problems.
It is not strenuous to undertake a
workout and anyone of any age can benefit.
By learning how to do Pilates and incorporating it into an
existing exercise program or to use it on its own, you will notice
beneficial results quite quickly that often elude those that wish to gain
better fitness and greater body flexibility. With better conditioning of
the bodyís core muscles, the problem of muscle ache will reduce and over
time disappear as you reap the benefits from the better conditioned,
HUBERTUS PILATES (1880-1967)
Joseph Hubertus Pilates was born in Germany in 1880. As a child, he
suffered from a number of physical ailments & began a lifetime of
dedication to physical fitness. During World War I, he
designed a system of exercises to improve the rehabilitation program for
the many returning veterans.
immigrating to New York in the 1920ís Joseph & his wife Clara opened their
first studio in New York City. They soon established a devout following
in the local dance and the performing-arts community.
The 6 Pilates Principles
Joseph Pilates originally called his work "contrology." He
considered this to be a body/mind/spirit approach to movement founded on
the integrative effect of principles such as centering, concentration,
control, precision, breath, and flow. Whether one is working out on a mat
or using Pilates equipment, these basic principles infuse each exercise
with intention and fullness of expression:
Physically bringing the focus to the center of the body, the powerhouse
area between the lower ribs and pubic bone. Energetically, Pilates
exercises are sourced from center.
If one brings full attention to the exercise and does it with full
commitment, maximum value will be obtained from each movement.
Every Pilates exercise is done with complete muscular control. No body
part is left to its own devices.
In Pilates, awareness is sustained throughout each movement. There is an
appropriate placement, alignment relative to other body parts, and
trajectory for each part of the body.
Joseph Pilates emphasized using a very full breath in his exercises. He
advocated thinking of the lungs as a bellows -- using them strongly to
pump the air fully in and out of the body. Most Pilates exercises
coordinate with the breath, and using the breath properly is an integral
part of Pilates exercise.
exercise is done in a flowing manner. Fluidity, grace, and ease are goals
applied to all exercises. The energy of an exercise connects all body
parts and flows through the body in an even way.
For more information
about Pilates, see Pilates F.A.Q.