What is Pilates?
Are you wondering what this new equipment is at Angela Simpson Physiotherapy?
It’s the apparatus used in Pilates. Almost 100 years ago Joseph Pilates, a professional boxer, self-defence trainer, circus performer, yoga and animal-movement scholar, invented interesting pieces of equipment. He used bedsprings, barrels and other creative things. His equipment, called apparatus, was designed to strengthen and support organic movement of the body.
“You are only as young as your spine is flexible.” ~Pilates
He dedicated the rest of his life developing this apparatus and refining what is now known as the Pilates System, a whole body exercise regime.
Joe Pilates strongly believed that one’s quality of life is largely dependant on physical health and posture.
“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.
Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.” ~Pilates
The Pilates exercise system teaches one how to move from their centre, building a balance of strength and flexibility, mental focus and control.
“The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power.” ~Pilates
From Joe’s time to today, Pilates attracts many populations including business people, athletes and people seeking rehabilitation from injury. With regular practice, the benefits of Pilates can be reaped by all.
“You will feel better in ten sessions, look better in twenty sessions, and have a completely new body in thirty sessions.” ~Pilates
From my experience, this is true. After giving birth to my first child, I suffered from back pain, weak abdominals and mental exhaustion. The Pilates system progressively brought my body and mind back into balance, in fact, I am now much stronger that I was before!
“Pilates is my happy hour!” ~anonymous
One hour of Pilates one to three times a week is all you need to support you in your endeavours. Building core postural strength, agility of the spine, proper breathing and mental concentration is useful for every program. Whether you are a mom, athlete, yogi, businessperson or simply interested in living a quality happy life, come out and try Pilates!
“Change happens through movement and movement heals.” ~Pilates