Pilates (pronounced pi-lah-tees) was created by Joseph Pilates (1880 - 1967). He was born in Mönchengladbach, Germany, a small town near Dusseldorf. His father was born in Greece, a prize-winning gymnast and his mother was born in German, a naturopath.
What can Pilates do for you?
Pilates works from the centre of our body outwards, instead of from the mind inwards, and it forces us to increase body awareness in a way many people haven’t experienced before.
It’s designed to rehabilitate as well as work on health and fitness.
It teaches balance and control of the body without going for the burn and injury.
It uses small, concentrated movements that come from the brain – you’ll discover, use and feel parts of your body that you didn’t know you could before.
It engages and moves practically the whole body over the time from the brain outwards.
It doesn’t just go through the motions of exercise as with gyms etc., or aim to get into meditative state as with yoga. Yoga releases the mind, pilates fills the mind up.
It shows concentrated movement is just as relaxing as meditation– it works with our bodies and minds in a completely different way.