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Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. Pilates is designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. With practice of specific exercises and breathing patterns, Pilates has proven itself invaluable to the fitness community. It is an important adjunct to professional sports training and physical rehabilitation of all kinds. Widely embraced among dancers for years, the exercises, language, and look of Pilates are popping up in fitness classes, physical therapy offices, corporate retreats, luxury spas and wellness centers across the country. And it’s not just another fad. With the aging of our population and the increasing trend toward mindful, moderate health practices. Practiced faithfully, Pilates yields numerous benefits, including increased lung capacity, improved circulation, strength, flexibility (particularly of the abdomen and back muscles), and coordination (both muscular and mental). Posture, balance and core strength also improve, along with bone density and joint health. Many experience positive body awareness for the first time through Pilates. Pilates teaches balance and control of the body, and that positively affects other areas of life.
Joseph Pilates was born in Germany on December 9, 1883 in Munchengladbach. He was a performer and boxer living in England and, at the outbreak of WWI, was placed under forced internment along with other German nationals in Lancaster, England. There he taught fellow camp members the concepts and exercises developed over 20 years of self-study and apprenticeship in yoga, Zen, and ancient Greek and Roman physical regimens. It was at this time he began devising the system of original exercises known today as “matwork.” He called this regimen “Contrology.”
The most interesting factor is during the influenza outbreak, the interns who practiced Pilates’ mat work did not get sick. This is because Pilates believed that circulation was the key to health, and his exercises stimulated white blood cell development in the body.