Friday, August 15, 2008

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a 100 year old, 'tried and true' exercise and post-rehabilitation program created by Joseph Pilates.  It incorporates the idea of working from the 'inside-out'; utilizing the intrinsic core musculature to stabilize and enhance overall body function and awareness.  It is included in the Body/Mind genre.  

Why does Pilates work?  It re-educates the neuromuscular system so that new patterns are established on a deeper level in the body.  Therefore, these patterns of movement are not forgotten, even if the exercises are not done for a period of time.

Pilates is truly all encompassing, as it can be done throughout ones life.  It can be beneficial to infants through older generations.  It can be sport specific for elite athletes, which was how it's beginnings came to be;  as well as, fitness based or post-rehabilitative.  It can be done at home, in the gym, on the mat or on specialized Pilates equipment.

Pilates is great for individuals with scoliosis, fibromyalgia, arthritis, osteoporosis, chronic back pain and many other special situations such as autism.