What is Pilates?

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Pilates is about whole body health.

Joseph Pilates designed his exercises around the classical Greek ideal of equally developing mind, body and spirit.

Pilates offers a complete workout for your body and your mind.  Pilates is based on seven guiding principles – breathing, centering, control, concentration, precision, alignment, and flowing movement – that ensure every exercise in your session benefits you physically, energetically and emotionally.

Pilates has long been recognized as an effective way to address back pain and is a common component to physical therapy programs. Pilates is equally stimulating for the fitness enthusiast with no health issues. Pilates is what allows you to do what you want to do without injury. Pilates offers a challenging workout for everyone, no matter what level of physical fitness.

When Pilates exercises are executed with the knowledge of what muscle you are using and precision, you’ll be amazed at how quickly your body changes and how much more mindful you become of your body. Your body can be a source of happiness, freedom of movement, ability and joy—or it can be a source of pain, limits, and unhappiness. If you think you can’t, think again.

Pilates stretches the spine rather than compressing it. Compression occurs with activities such as aerobics, step work, running and walking. Pilates strengthens the abdominal muscles which support the spine to prevent back pain.

Pilates is also functional training to help clients perform activities of daily living with ease and without pain.

  • Runners need flexibility, pelvic stability and good form;
  • Golfers, Tennis players and Equestrians need Core strength, rotational flexibility, and shoulder stability;
  • Surfers, Skiers, Snow boarders, Dancers and Ice-skaters benefit from developing balanced musculature in the body;
  • Basketball, Soccer and Football players require muscular development and lateral movement capability.

The Pilates philosophy extols continually challenging the body through an array of movements. Pilates add variety of movement rather than simply repeating multiple sets of the same exercise.


To see videos of Jer Ryan PMA®-CPT  teaching Pilates visit Ehow Expert Village Link