“The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power.”
– Joseph Hubertus Pilates
Pilates is a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body developed by Joseph Pilates, a German-born athlete and physical therapy pioneer. Utilizing the specialized equipment he designed, the method works by toning muscles as well as balancing muscular force at the joint level.
Practiced faithfully, Pilates yields numerous benefits including increased lung capacity, circulation, strength, flexibility, and coordination – both muscular and mental. Posture, balance, core strength, bone density, and joint health improve, and many experience increased body awareness. Pilates teaches balance and control of the body. Pilates has proven itself invaluable not only for fitness but physical rehabilitation of all kinds.