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The Pilates Exercise Program

THE PILATES EXERCISE PROGRAM


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Pilates is an exercise system named after its originator, Joseph Pilates. Mr. Pilates developed this system in the early 1900’s to improve his health and to support the health of fellow World War I in internees. Later, he incorporated the resistance of springs into rehabilitation programs for hospitalized patients, and then translated the use of springs into machines and created the unique equipment now used in the exercise system.

“There’s an obvious reason why the owners of these studios train or trained celebrities and competitors. The professionalism and attention to detail they give to each and every clients own individual needs are second to none. I have been a client for four years now and I will be for a long time to come!”
-Walter Frey MD. Merrick NY

Important principles of the Pilates exercise program include:

  1. Use of mental focus to improve movement efficiency and muscle control.
  2. Awareness of neutral spine alignment, or proper posture, throughout the exercises.
  3. Development of the deep muscles of the back and abdomen to support this posture.
  4. Use of breath to promote mental focusing and centering.
  5. Creating length, strength, and flexibility in muscles.

Initially the Pilates exercise program was primarily used by professional dancers, who appreciated improved strength, balance and flexibility, In the 1980’s Pilates was re-discovered and has now become a popular form of exercise for anyone interested in its health benefits.

The exercise system is usually taught in one of two formats:

  1. Using the unique Pilates equipment in private, or semi-private, sessions.
  2. Group mat classes not using equipment.

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