What is Pilates?
Pilates is a method of movement created by Joseph Pilates, a German boxer and Renaissance man. He created his method by incorporating aspects of yoga, meditation, and martial arts, including Tai Chi, amongst other disciplines. Joseph Pilates invented equipment for his method, such as the Reformer and the Cadillac, which are incredibly useful for maintaining health and fitness of the body. As a result of each Pilates instructor's intensive training and careful attention to detail, injuries are far less likely to occur than in a gym setting.
The Pilates method is used to teach people to be more in tune with their bodies, heightening awareness of muscle groups during movement, and activating the core. The core provides centering and power from which all movement is initiated. In Pilates, the core is often called the "Powerhouse."
The main goal of Pilates, aside from providing a long, lean, muscled body, is to enhance your daily life and to make you feel stronger and more comfortable performing your daily activities, your favorite sport, or your career. The strength that you will gain from the Pilates work will not only make your body stronger, it will also give you mental confidence as you train and sculpt your body with intentional awareness.