What is Pilates?

What is Pilates?

Pilates was developed in the 20th century by a man named Joseph Pilates. Joseph’s conception of the pilates system first developed when rehabilitating injured WW1 soldiers. His systems were then taken to New York where they became very popular in the dancing community for rehabilitation, recovery and performance.

Joseph Pilates’ methodology encompasses 6 core principles that all movements, exercises, and repertoire incorporate and are based on.

The 6 Core Principles:

  • Breath
  • Concentration
  • Centering
  • Control
  • Precision
  • Flow

Over the years the Pilates method has evolved and become a worldwide practice. Pilates is an important method of training and offers a wide range of benefits such as: strength, mobility, flexibility, balance, co-ordination, stress management, rehabilitation, endurance, and much much more.

Types of Pilates:

  • Mat Pilates
  • Reformer Pilates
  • Clinical Pilates
  • Classic Pilates
  • Contemporary Pilates

All types of Pilates work off the same 6 principles listed above however each type of Pilates will be different in its benefits and outcomes. 

Overall Pilates is the practice of complete connection between mind, body, and soul.

“Above all, learn how to breathe correctly.” – Joseph Pilates

Nathan Spring