Pilates was developed during World War 1 by Joseph Pilates. He developed a series of exercises that developed long lean muscles that were both strong and flexible. Pilates exercises focus on strengthening both the intrinsic and extrinsic muscles of the body. What that means is both the deep and superficial muscles. Often as we age, people lose strength and flexibility in the deep intrinsic muscles and when that happens we get injured. Think of your body like a stack of dominoes all in a line, when one falls they all fall down. Our body works in much the same way if one muscle doesn’t perform its job properly, other muscles will try to help out, therefore creating an imbalance, which again leads to stress and injury. The deep intrinsic muscle act a little like the 'cement' that holds our bodies together. The ‘cement’ needs specific exercises like those in a Pilates program to stabilize the body.
Pilates exercises can be performed on either a mat or a reformer or any other specialized piece of Pilates equipment.
I started taking Pilates classes after my son was born to help realign and strengthen my body after pregnancy. I remember leaving my first class feeling wonderful! I felt stretched, strong and my mind felt peaceful. I had found a new love! I became certified and continue to learn as both a student and teacher.
Do you have a group of 5 or more friends or colleagues that would like a personalized pilates mat class? I offer Pilates camps - ask me for more information!