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What is Pilates

November 20, 2012

"In 10 sessions you'll feel the difference.In 20 you'll see the difference, and in 30 you'll have a new body" - Joseph H. Pilates

Pilates (pronounced puh-LAH-teez) is an extraordinary conditioning system which works out the entire body. This unique method of was created by Joseph Pilates more than 30 years ago.

Joseph Pilates, born in Germany in 1880, was a man of diverse interests and accomplishments, including gymnastics, diving, skiing and boxing. It's interesting to note that a man who eventually came to help thousands of people retrain and reshape their bodies started out as a frail, weak child himself. His desire to strengthen his own body led him to create his program of body conditioning. Though Pilates had no formal training in medicine, during World War I, while working as a nurse, he came up with the idea of attaching springs to hospital beds to assist patients in becoming stronger before they were able to leave their beds. These exercises led him to create an apparatus he called the "Universal Reformer", along with mat exercises which he would eventually bring to the United States in the late 20"s.

Pilates felt strongly about focusing on the body as a whole, not dividing it into separate parts. He believed that with fewer, more precise, more concentrated movements (Quality vs. Quantity), a series of specific exercises would elongate and balance the muscles and turn the abdominal muscles, lower back and hips into the body's "power-house". Because the focus is on doing the movements with correct posture, most workouts are supervised by a Pilates instructor. Close instruction also prevents unnecessary injuries due to sloppy execution.

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"In 10 sessions you'll feel the difference. In 20 you'll see the difference, and in 30 you'll have a new body"
- Joseph H. Pilates

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22315 Mulholland Highway
Next to Shell Gas Station
Calabasas, California 91302
Phone: (818) 224-4734