The Pilates (pi-lah-teez) Method, a system of exercises performed in the U.S. since the 1920′s, is named after its creator, Joseph Pilates, a boxer and gymnast who also studied yoga and martial arts. His exercises encompass over 500 controlled, precise movements performed on a floor mat or special apparatus, designed to lengthen, strengthen, and stretch muscle without adding bulk. The Pilates Method requires concentration and coordinated breathing – strengthening both the body and the mind.

The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning develops the body uniformly and corrects posture, restores vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.
-Joseph H. Pilates


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