The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph Pilates, from Mönchengladbach, Germany. His father, a native of Greece, had been a prize-winning gymnast, while his German-born mother was a naturopath who believed in the principle of stimulating the body to heal itself without artificial drugs. As a child, he was very sick and suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever and it was in his striving to overcome these illnesses that led him to become interested in exercise.
Over the years Joseph studied Eastern and Western philosophies and other forms of exercise such as yoga, boxing, gymnastics and bodybuilding. In World War 1, Joseph was interned in a camp on the Isle of Man and it was at this time he developed a system of exercises using the resistance provided by the springs on iron hospital beds to rehabilitate soldiers within the hospital. This was the beginning of the Reformer and Cadillac machines which were intended to strengthen the human mind and body.
I get asked this question all the time! Pilates is not just stretching and no it is not easy or for the faint hearted. It takes courage to try something new and be open-minded to a different philosophy of movement.
Pilates is a form of mind-body exercise aimed at bringing the body back into balance. It focuses on developing a strong core – the central area of your body which is home to a complex set of muscles that affect practically every movement made by the human body. Through an amalgamation of breathing techniques, correct spinal alignment, and concentration on controlling movements from the core, Pilates’ practitioners build strength and learn to move the body in a smooth, safe way, enhancing posture, body performance, injury recovery and overall health.
Some people claim Pilates is comparable to yoga. In many ways it is. They both use a mat, and some of the positions may feel similar. Additionally, building an awareness of the body-mind...
From the start, Joseph Pilates used a rich variety of equipment for his exercise system. This included The Reformer, Wunda Chair, the Trap Table (also known as the Cadillac) and more. It is good to know what each of these apparatuses (as Pilates himself called them) looks like and does.
The reformer is a bed-like frame with a flat platform on it, called the carriage. This carriage rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame and is attached to one end of the reformer by springs. These springs then offer different levels of resistance or assistance to you as they push or pull the carriage depending on what exercises you are doing.
The exercises conducted here continue, as all Pilates exercises, to strengthen the core, and promote strength, flexibility, and balance.
Muscles execute force to overcome the resistance created by the spring loads. Depending on your rep ranges this will promote muscle growth,...
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