A Closer Look at Pilates
Pilates was developed during the 1st World War by Dr Joseph Pilates, his development was based upon a thorough understanding of the anatomy of the human body. He opened a studio in New York and it took very little time before the Pilates method became incredibly popular within the ballet and dance circles. Not only did it enhance their work but they found it an aid to rehabilitation after injuries.
"Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body. If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young."Joseph Pilates
Pilate's main philosophy is to strengthen the core postural muscles and develop balanced alignment through the use of slow, controlled movements and breathing. It develops body awareness, improves the body's postural and alignment habits and increases flexibility, it strengthens and tones the body and leaves people feeling relaxed and revitalized.
Pilates has eight major principles: Centering; Alignment; Co-ordination; Concentration; Relaxation; Breathing; Stamina and Flowing Movements.
Pilates can also be taught on a one on one basis. It is suitable for all ages and can help improve general well being as well as help some health conditions. Osteopaths, physiotherapists and even GPs are now recommending Pilates as one of the safest and useful forms of exercise available today.
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