“I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.” — Joseph Pilates said this one year before he died at the age of 87.
The movement of pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. Originally used as a rehabilitation program for war veterans, it was later found also to be useful for anyone seeking a higher level of fitness. Joseph Pilates believed that mental and physical health are inter-related. He first called his method “Contrology” because his method uses the mind to control the muscles. Many practitioners say the central goal of pilates is to create a fusion of mind and body so that even without engaging the mind, the body will move with economy, grace, and balance.
Pilates exercises focus on the core postural muscles which help keep the body balanced and are essential in providing support for the spine. Pilates places emphasis on the breath and alignment of the spine with an aim towards strengthening the deep torso muscles.
Practitioners can expect to move their spine through every available movement–flexion, extension, lateral flexion, and rotation–as well as strengthen all major muscle groups within a single session.
Pilates exercises can be done either on the mat or exercise equipment designed by Joseph Pilates. The workout equipment generally utilizes pulleys and resistance both from participant’s body weight and spring tensions. Available equipment at Mauro Pilates includes STOTT PILATES® V2Max Reformers, STOTT PILATES® Stability Chair, STOTT PILATES® Jumpboard and Cardio-Tramp, STOTT PILATES® Arc Barrel, STOTT PILATES® Stability Cushions, and other small props.
Pilates is well known for producing long, lean muscle tone, stabilization of joints, increased lung capacity, flexibility, improvement in sports, and for being a safe form of pre and post natal exercise.