Pilates is a strength training program that creates both stability and flexibility to promote optimal, pain-free movement for your body. Created by Joseph Pilates in the early 1920s , this exercise program was originally matwork and then, using the springs of a hospital bed while working at a British health camp following World War I, Joseph Pilates added resistance to the exercises he created. Those bed springs became the springs we still use today on the reformer, tower and Wunda chair. Six years later, he opened a studio in New York City working with dancers and athletes as well as those suffering from polio and other debilitating ailments. He is credited with being one of the first mind-body practitioners, and is quoted as saying, "Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness."
His unique approach was to stretch and lengthen the body while maintaining a stable center. This resulted in training the muscles from the inside out, utilizing the deep muscles in the abdominals, back and buttocks – what Joseph called "the powerhouse," now widely referred to as "the core."
- Strengthen your core
- Boost your performance and improve your alignment for any level sport
- Improve your posture and fluidity of motion
- Rehabilitate after surgery, birth, injury or illness
- Promote ease of motion for everyday tasks
"As I've aged, I've found myself getting less flexible, stiffer and stooped. I used to take it for granted as part of the aging process, but with Pilates, I'm actually feeling YOUNGER. It is nothing short of miraculous". - Tony V.