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Joseph Pilates began developing his exercise system in Germany in the early 1900's. Plagued by asthma and rickets as a child, Pilate's method sprang from his determination to strengthen his frail and sickly body. He called his method "The Art of Contrology". His unique approach was using the mind to master the muscles. Pilates set up his 1st official Pilates studio in NY City after immigrating to the US in 1926. Since its introduction to American culture, Pilates has maintained a steady and devout following of dancers, performers, athletes and models.
There are 6 Matwork Principles that make Pilates unique to other forms of exercise. Concentration is the key element to connecting your mind & body. Muscle control avoids injury & produces positive results. All energy for the Pilates exercises is initiated from the center ("Powerhouse") and flows outward to the extremities. Focus is on grace of motion (Fluidity) over speed. Precision in every exercise allows perfect movement over many halfhearted ones. And lastly, Breath. Full inhalations and full exhalations, expels stale air from the depths of the lungs and replenishes the body with fresh air to energize and revitalize the body.
There are about 40 mat exercises designed by Joseph Pilates that are performed lying on your back, side or front. The exercises target the deep abdominal and spine muscles in order to provide core strength. Pilates done regularly will greatly improve abdominal strength, posture, body awareness, muscle tone, low back problems, balance and flexibility. Pilates will not make you grow taller, however, it will allow you to utilize your full height, with proper posture. Due to the nature of the exercises and breathing methods, many people experience more energy and overall sense of well being after completing a session. Classes are typically 1 hour in length and are multi-level, with experienced participants exercising alongside beginners. Modifications are taught to either challenge or tone down the difficulty factor to make it safe and effective for all. Classes are offerred at Future Fitness in Mullica Hill, NJ. Contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in arranging classes to be taught at your location.
Private sessions for one or with a partner can be arranged by emailing Susan of your interest at email@example.com . Session are designed to meet your specific health needs/goals.