What is Pilates?
Pilates is an intelligent method of exercise and a ‘thinking way of moving’ which integrates the mind and body. Movements are combined with mental focus and breathing and executed with control, precision and flow.
Pilates is based on an anatomical understanding of the body’s muscular and skeletal system and was originally developed by Joseph Pilates who was himself a sickly child and who dedicated his whole life to becoming physically stronger. Born in Germany in 1880, he moved to America after the war and set up his own fitness studio. By the 1940’s he was notorious in the New York dance community, especially amongst those recovering from injury, who quickly adopted his exercise method.
Pilate’s original repetoire of 34 exercises has evolved with subsequent generations of teachers and the advancement of physiotherapy research with the result that several different methods based on the original movements and Pilates Principles now exist today.