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What is Pilates?

Pilates is a system of movement and exercise developed by German born athlete and physical therapy pioneer, Joseph Hubertus Pilates. Utilizing specially designed equipment, his innovative method educates, repatterns, realigns, and balances the body. It promotes maximum muscle strength while increasing flexibility. The basic fundamentals for the technique can be learned in the Mat class, which requires no special equipment yet promotes full body conditioning, simultaneously stretching while you strengthen. The emphasis is on control, balance, bilateral conditioning, technique and alignment while simultaneously developing a mind body awareness. Ninety percent of all exercises begin in the abdominal region or the "power house" thus creating a foundation from which all movements can be done free of injury. By strengthening the inner most abdominal layers and developing pelvic stabilization, the lower lumbar will be relieved of its work load and "back pain" will be significantly decreased.

Pilates also decompresses the joints, which then stimulates and improves circulation. This enhanced circulation, combined with increased strength, range of motion and a more balanced musculature, promotes healthy tissue and precise, efficient movement patterns.

Pilates can free the body from poor postural habits, help heal both back and neck problems and alleviate tension and fatigue. Doctors, physical therapists, dancers, and athletes have long revered Pilates as a healing and educational physical training system.

One of the goals of this system is to create a fusion of body and mind, so that without thinking about it, you will move with economy, grace and balance; holding yourself in proper alignment and using your body to the greatest advantage, making the most of its strengths, counteracting weaknesses and correcting imbalances. The key elements taught in the Pilates technique are alignment, control, centering, precision, flow, and breathing.

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