History of Pilates

Pilates is a unique method of physical conditioning developed by Joseph Pilates for over 90 years. Pilates exercise combines the philosophy of the West's most dynamic and focused on the physical muscle-East, working on body control and fluidity, based on breathing and relaxation active.

The method finds the strength, joint mobility, balance, flexibility and toning of the major muscle groups, without forgetting the small muscles deep. Gymnastics is a very controlled and intense, the more you exercise, more control.

Joseph Pilates, born in Germany in 1880, was obsessed with the weakness and the many illnesses suffered during childhood, which devoted much of his life to sports and creating a method that allows you to get maximum performance the body with minimal stress or damage.

The philosophy of Pilates, which he called 'contrologia', has gained more and more support and is shared not only by practitioners of dance and sport, but also by many physical therapists and personal trainers that have introduced concepts in rehabilitation.

The method is performed lying on a specially fitted surface to avoid pressure on muscles and joints (mattwork) with pilates machines and rehabilitation. One of the main objectives of the method is to strengthen the body's center of gravity, what Pilates called the 'powerhouse' (center or home office), located in the abdominal and lumbar area. 'By strengthening this area can protect the spine, improves posture and stability of the body, develops body awareness and agility, we have greater control and power abdominal breathing to energize the thoracic diaphragm.