What is the Pilates Method?

Pilates  is  defined in 3 words: Stretch, Strength & Control . The goal is to build lean muscles (stretch & strength part)  you practice Pilates by involving your mind: concentration is essential, that´s the control part. Joseph H. Pilates first created his routine as a free standing mat exercises. His approach is proven that efficiently designed moves  done in proper sequence and always in control  are worth hours weightlifting or calistenics !

Pilates, also called the Pilates-Method or Contrology called, is a systematic full-body workout to strengthen the muscles, primarily the pelvic floor, abdominal and back muscles. Your posture will be improved through Pilates training, painful movement patterns will be released and you will feel more comfortable in your body!

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Pilates does not only take place in the studio or on the mat because I will also show you how you can move better, more effectively and more consciously in everyday life so that you always "passively" strengthen and stretch your body and thus create a new body awareness! Pilates training can take place on the mat and on specially developed equipment (Reformer, Trapeze Table, Wunda Chair, Spine & Foot Corrector, etc.). It was invented by the German Joseph Hubertus Pilates (1883-1967). He initially called his method Contrology because Pilates is about controlling the muscles with the help of the mind.

About Joseph H. Pilates:

Joseph H. Pilates was born in 1883 in Mönchengladbach, near Düsseldorf. He was a man who could permanently break the chains of conventional belief. He is one of those visionary personalities who were so far ahead of their time that their ideas, insights and works have not lost their revolutionary character even after decades. Inspired by both Far Eastern and Western philosophies, he combined the spirit and breathing technique of Yoga with gymnastics and other sports into something completely new.

He called it the "Art of contrology" In the New York City Ballet building he opened his first studio.

Since its introduction to America, Pilates methods have had a steady and enthusiastic following.

From the dance scene, Martha Graham and Georg Balanchine were big fans.

More recently, the Pilates methods have been discovered by athletes, models and actors.

Today, the Pilates method is accessible to everyone.

The effectiveness of his Pilates methods is as relevant today as it was on day one!

The Pilates method affects the entire body and makes it strong, flexible and resilient. All of these properties help make the body perform better over the long term, delaying signs of aging and muscle wasting and helping maintain endurance and good posture

Pilates Videos

Tribute to Josef Pilates. Full Movie.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szqTrgktdKM

An animated History of Josef Pilates https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWkxhtfw0A8&list=RDCMUC4vEQ05khxndYR5S8hHxwSQ&index=2

Introduction to Pilates Matwork