Pilates has gained a lot of media attention recently for its benefits. However, many people still don’t understand what it is. In attempts to educate, I came up with this brief list to describe Pilates.
– It was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century.
– Pilates was originally called Contrology, which means the study of controlling muscles.
– Breathing in Pilates should coordinate with the movements, full inhalations and complete exhalations are thought to circulate the blood to renew the cells and refresh the body.
– The benefits of Pilates are: improved strength, flexibility, balance, toning, long muscles, body awareness, and improve circulation.
On a personal note:
As a dancer, injuries are something I dreaded. Every time I found myself at the physical therapist it was the same thing, “do this exercises, for this long, and this many times.” Can I say boring!? After spending weeks on workers compensation for a bum back, I decided no more injuries and Pilates became my cross-training method. Not only was it valuable for my career but it improved my endurance, accuracy, and my overall technique. Today I’m a certified Pilates instructor and wholeheartedly believe in its teachings. In fact, it has been just over five years that I started practicing and I’m still injury free!