Celebrating Pilates Day!
International Pilates Day was celebrated around the world on May 5, 2018.
Have you ever walked by our Pilates reformer studio at Ways to Wellness and wondered what in the world those contraptions are? Oh yeah, and why do those people sound like they’re having so much fun on them? Well, here’s a little info to get you started. Read on to the bottom to see how you can try the machine out for yourself.
What is Pilates?
Pilates originated back in the early 1900’s by German-born creator, Joseph Pilates. Joseph was known as an exercise-enthusiast, practicing various forms of exercise from body-building & gymnastics to yoga & tai chi to manage his own personal illness. During World War 1, Joseph began developing his new approach to exercise & body conditioning, in which he then called “Controlology”. He also designed the apparatus we use most at Ways to Wellness–the Pilates Reformer. He did this while serving as a nurse in the war; attaching springs to the patients’ hospital beds to help them start strengthening their muscles while they were bed-bound. Pilates was brought to America in 1932, catching on in the dance world of New York City, where Joseph opened the first Pilates studio.
While Pilates movements and protocols have evolved over time, based on research & current bio-mechanical thinking, there are foundational principles that we follow today that started back with Joseph; breath, mindfulness and stability.
Who is Pilates for today? Anyone! From post-rehab exercisers to ultra-athletes, Pilates mind-body exercise can enhance your current levels of strength, flexibility, and endurance without risking injury. Each session/class focuses on mobilizing the spine in all directions, restoring balance and aligning your body so it looks fit, feels revitalized and moves with ease. Movements can be done lying down, seated, kneeling, standing, and even jumping (cardio, too!). The difficulty of the movements is easy to adjust, based on your personal needs, as the resistance is controlled by various springs.
With over hundreds of specific exercises, we are able to meet the needs of most anyone.
Pilates Reformer Benefits Include:
- Longer, leaner muscles
- Core strength and stability
- Injury prevention
- Relief from stress and back pain
- Better posture
- Improved balance and coordination
- Enhance athletic performance
- Effective post-rehab
- Heightened mind-body awareness
- Increased self-confidence
(Information resources: Pilatesfoundation.com; Pilatescentral.co.uk)
Contributed by Megan Green, RD, LD, ACE-CPT, STOTT Pilates Instructor