Joseph Pilates called his method of exercise “the Art of Contrology.” Now, a century later, his method is being practiced all over the world. By using the six guiding principles of Pilates: Concentration, Control, Centering, Precision, Fluidity and Breath, he believed that one could retain or regain one’s health and vitality. Anyone can practice Pilates. Whether you are an athlete, a weekend warrior, a mom-to-be, an aging senior or even a couch potato, Pilates is for you. Focusing on core strength and alignment, a Pilates teacher can modify exercises to your individual needs, creating a challenging, yet safe, workout for beginner to advanced movers.
Pilates develops core strength. With emphasis on what Joseph Pilates called the “Powerhouse” (deep abdominal muscles, back muscles and pelvic floor muscles), the Pilates Method creates support for your spine, while creating freedom of movement and mobility through stability. With a strong center, the rest of the body can develop with greater ease.
Pilates creates long lean muscles. Using both concentric and eccentric contractions of your muscles, the Pilates Method creates a balanced, lean and graceful line.
Pilates increases flexibility. Taking the body through full ranges of motion, in all planes and directions, the Pilates Method moves your muscles, joints and connective tissue to increase functional motion, alignment and flexibility, allowing for increased activity and daily comfort.
Pilates creates full body strength. Targeting deep core muscles, the large global muscles and the smaller intrinsic muscles, the Pilates Method increases strength and joint range of motion, creating total body integration and stabilization.
Pilates decreases risk of injury. Through body awareness and increased strength, the Pilates method improves balance and muscle control, helping athletes stay in the game and seniors stay strong and active.
Pilates improves posture. Strong core and strong back muscles and alignment awareness, brings improved posture, helping you feel, look and function better.
Pilates boosts energy and decreases stress. Through movement and breathing techniques, the Pilates Method increase energy levels and creates a sense of calm. Because deep concentration is necessary to perform Pilates, it forms a mind/body connection, allowing for a more relaxed state. With an aligned body comes ease of movement and decreased pain.
Pilates helps with weight loss. The Pilates Method can change your body. Through consistent practice, pilates can reshape muscles, improve alignment and increase muscle tone.
Giovanna Curti is a Nationally Certified Pilates Instructor and Balanced Body Master Instructor. Originally trained in the Authentic Pilates™ method, she has been teaching since 2003 and believes in the power of Pilates to strengthen yourself both inside and out. Giovanna’s clientele ranges from dancers, athletes, golfers and yoga instructors to those recovering from injury. Using Pilates and Pilates-based exercises to optimize functional movement and alignment, Giovanna helps build back their strength, flexibility and confidence.