About Pilates
Invented by Joseph Pilates (1880-1967), a pioneer in physical rehabilitation, the
Pilates represents a system of exercises for the whole body.

It is about creating harmony between body and mind to stimulate the neuromuscular system and promote a healthier physical structure. There are more than 500 Pilates exercises that are performed on the floor or on specific machines with or without the "small" equipment (rubber bands, swiss ball, flex hoop ...) All the exercises engage the postural muscles, breathing, and stretching of the spine and they are performed with precision and great concentration (see the 8 principles of Pilates)

Joseph Pilates defined his method as mastering of body, mind and spirit and that is why he called it "contrology".

The basis of the method is to find a natural alignment and a healthy and harmonious body. Pilates is a unique approach that teaches how to train deep muscles before superficial muscles in order to increase the intensity of strengthening work.

The combination of breathing, alignment, strength training and stretching, in a series of precise and fluid movements, is the basis of this technique. Each exercise is only repeating a small number of times because in Pilates quality takes precedence over quantity. Thanks to regular practice, muscles strengthen while lying down, posture improves and awareness of the body is made.

It takes 6 weeks to re-establish new connections in the neuromuscular spindle, which is why Pilates requires patience and perseverance. To enjoy art of Pilates, you have to give it time. "In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 sessions you will see the difference ... and in 30 sessions you will have a brand new body" Joseph H. PILATES

Joseph Hubertus Pilates
Six principles of Pilates
  • Concentration
    It is precisely in the concentration that the idea of "mind and body" of the method is expressed. Every exercise, every movement is a thought-controlled process. The mind's attention to precision and fluidity of movement. This focus and thoughtful commitment gives to an exercise its optimal effectiveness.
  • Centrage
    All movements start from the center of the body. The center, the "power house" are the abdominal muscles as well as the deep muscles of the perineum and those which surround the spine which mainly help to support alignment. This is the fundamental element of the Pilates technique, "from inside out" means working from the center of the body outwards, the center being the source of all movement.
  • Breathing
    It has great importance in this technique. Although it is the most difficult to master, it is nevertheless the most important to know how to use it. The breathing practiced during Pilates exercises is called "lateral thoracic": it uses the maximum of the lung capacity, accompanies the movements, improves blood circulation, and makes our body more flexible. As a rule, we breathe out during the effort.
  • Precision
    Precision is the key in Pilates. It is a connection between the brain and muscles which is obtained through the perfect execution, the ideal positioning and the mobilization of these and contributes to this precision by obtaining all the efficiency of the exercise. Precision is the culmination of focus, control, centering and practice.
  • Alignement
    It is about finding a neutral position of the body by rebalancing the muscles. Weak muscles are activated and tight muscles are released. This allows the muscles to have the right length and strength so that there is no tension. Perfect alignment helps restore balance to the skeleton.
  • Fluidity
    In Pilates, exercises are continuous movements, like a constantly spinning wheel, at the same speed, with the same amplitude. The concentric and eccentric phases of muscular work allow flexible, graceful movements and a balanced and functional sequence.

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