Pilates is a unique form of body conditioning, originally known as “Contrology”, developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s. The focus of Pilates is to build a strong core, specifically in those areas supporting the spine and abdomen. Pilates also improves flexibility throughout the body, often resulting in improved posture and functional movement. Joseph Pilates introduced his technique with a series of mat exercises, to promote strength, fluidity and control. Soon after, he invented several pieces of equipment, known today as the Reformer, Cadillac, Stability Chair, Ladder Barrel, Arc Barrel and Spine Corrector. Pilates equipment uses springs for resistance, versus the commonly used weight, which allows more range of motion and fluid, connected movements.
At Harmony, we feature STOTT PILATES®, a contemporary approach to Pilates developed by Moira & Lindsay Merrithew in the 1980’s. Moira, along with a team of physical therapists, sports medicine and fitness professionals refined an approach to Pilates that maintains the integrity of Joseph’s original vision, while integrating modern research about biomechanics of the body.
Far from a fad, over the last century, the Pilates world has grown dramatically and advanced to the forefront of fitness, now widely included in basic physical therapy and physical training.
Benefits of Pilates:
- Develops strong core abdominal and back muscles
- Improves flexibility, balance, coordination, and stamina
- Relieves tension and stress
- Helps improve posture and spinal alignment
- Creates a long and lean physical shape
- Tones and firms muscles, yet low-impact and gentle on joints
- Pilates can be done throughout pregnancy and post-partum