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The Pilates method of body conditioning develops the body uniformly, corrects posture, restores vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.

Joseph Pilates 1880-1967

One of the most wonderful things about Pilates is that it helps condition the body without punishing the body. Invented by Joseph H. Pilates (pronounced puh-lah-teez) more than 80 years ago, the Pilates method involves a series of exercises that place intense concentration on your abdominal muscles, particularly the deepest layer of muscles in your abdomen. Besides helping you to form a beautiful flat tummy, strong abdominal muscles will improve your balance and coordination as well as help you perform other types of exercise with more ease.

In addition to firming your abdominals, Pilates also helps strengthen and stretch the entire body from head to toe. This unique system will create long, lean, toned muscles. The Pilates method combines these exercises with mental concentration and breath-work. The result is a mind-body fitness program that not only helps you create your best body ever but also helps you feel mentally and emotionally balanced, calm, and refreshed.

Each session is a total body workout: the abs and back, the upper body (arms and shoulders), plus the lower body (hips, buns, and legs) will be focused on and utilized. Pilates works your body as a unit, starting with your core and lengthening upward and outward. During weight lifting and even during a stomach crunch, you strengthen as you shorten your muscles, essentially bringing the ends of each muscle closer together. During Pilates moves, you work your muscles through a fuller range of motion. You strengthen as you lengthen the muscle, so the ends of the muscles are further apart, not contracted. This combination of stretching and strengthening helps you create a lean, toned body, like a dancer’s.

As you build muscle tone with spring resistance (working on the equipment), your muscles will not bulk up but will become longer and more toned. You will notice definition, and your muscles will learn to work more efficiently making your movements more graceful. Pilates exercises are complete movements that require many muscles to work at once, while weight training works muscle in isolation.

Possibly one of the most exciting aspects of Pilates is that anyone can do it, and everyone can achieve amazing results. Because there’s no bouncing, jarring, or stress to your body, Pilates offers the ideal form of exercise for people, who because of joint pain or muscle weakness, shy away from exercise.