To Pilates or not to Pilates is the question?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Silver Spring, MD 20910

Pilates, named after its inventor Joseph H. Pilates, has gained immense popularity in the last ten years. Even though Pilates studios and this form of exercise have been around since the 1920s in the United States. Pilates originally called his work “Contrology”, meaning total control over mind and body! His primary focus was several main principles: alignment, breathing, centering, control, precision, efficiency of movement and flexibility. As people walk into fitness gyms' they are greeted by a space revealing cardio machines, kettle bells, weights, rubber tubing in all sorts of colors and some clients handling the TRX. Looking at a Pilates studio one can find strange looking contraptions with names like Cadillac or Reformer with springs and pulleys attached. People are working out to “strengthen their core” as the media or some of our friends have told us. Let’s find why people are coming to take Pilates. In the years past, Pilates has gained popularity in the rehabilitation setting, helping clients recover after they have been released from the medical community. Some of our senior clients enjoy the gentle yet healing way that Pilates can provide. Gaining the body awareness and strength they may have lost. Our athletes now practicing Pilates in addition to their grueling training schedule, helping to regain balance and alignment. Children are encouraged to start early in life to prevent future posture issues and decrease stress through breathing that is fostered during Pilates class. Men traditionally come to Pilates because they have “tight” muscles and find out that their core is in much need of deeper strength. Women practice Pilates to attain that lean and fit looking body available to them at any age. Groups of people come to workout together in a reformer class, to enjoy the company of others while building a foundation to balance sporting activities. While looking on
you may think that everybody appears to know what he or she are doing and they are in shape. Far from it, in Pilates we take baby steps and they lead to the building blocks of your health. So why not give it a try next time to stop by? I strive to make Pilates an integral part of your health and wellness lifestyle.