The Pilates Method
The Pilates (puh-LAH-teez) Method of body conditioning is a unique system of exercise using a series of movements to stretch and strengthen the total body, especially the abdomen, back and hips. Using resistance rather than impact, the Pilates Method develops muscular power and endurance providing a challenging workout for people of all ages and fitness levels, as well as, those rehabilitating injuries or physical conditions. Unlike many exercise programs that leave you bored and tired, the Pilates Method coordinates the mind, body and spirit, leaving you feeling renewed and energized.
Joseph H. Pilates developed his system of resistance training over seventy years ago while serving as a hospital intern during WWI. He began rehabilitating patients with resistance exercises using hospital bed springs, from which he designed the specialized apparatus we use today.