pilates - Therapy Information
The pilates Method of Body Conditioning
Developed in the 1920's by the legendary physical trainer and founder of the pilates Studio, Joseph H. pilates, the The pilates Method (pronounced puh-LAH-teez) is an exercise system focused on improving flexibility and strength for the total body without building bulk.
The pilates Method promotes physical harmony and balance for people of all ages and physical conditions while providing a refreshing and energizing workout. Because conditioning sessions are done one-to-one with a teacher or in closely supervised small groups, each session is tailored to your specific needs.
The pilates Method is not just an exercise -- it is a series of controlled movements engaging your body and mind, performed on a specifically designed exercise apparatus. Regardless of your current level of fitness -- from sedentary office worker to fitness enthusiast -- the pilates Method can be your primary mode of body conditioning and injury prevention.
Recently discovered by physical therapists, chiropractors and orthopedists, the pilates Method of body conditioning can also be integrated into rehabilitative exercise and physical therapy programs designed to speed recovery of soft tissue injuries. The method can also be used by pregnant women to learn proper breathing and body alignment, improve concentration, and recover body shape and tone after pregnancy.
Various pieces of apparatus are used in the pilates Method. Joseph H. pilates designed more than 500 specific exercises using five major pieces of unique apparatus to develop the body uniformly