The Pilates Method is a physical fitness system
that was urbanized in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates.
Joseph Pilates called the method The Art of Ontology, which refers
to the way the method encourages the use of the mind to control
the muscles. It is an exercise program that focuses on the core
postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and are necessary
to providing support for the spine. In particular, Pilates exercises
teach awareness of neutral arrangement of the spine and strengthening
the deep postural muscles that support this alignment, which are
important to help alleviate and prevent back pain.
In World War I, Joseph Pilates served as a medic
for the captured German forces locked up in Britain. He was investigating
ways that soldiers could rehabilitate themselves while bed-ridden.
Thus the creation of a series of movements that could be done
in this position was createtrol, precision, breathing, and flowing movement
(the Pilates Principles) that result in increased flexibility,
strength, muscle tone, body awareness, energy, and improved mental
d. The Pilates Cadillac is based off
an old hospital bed.Instead of performing many repetitions of
each exercise, Pilates preferred fewer, more precise movements,
requiring control and form. He designed more than 500 specific
The most frequent form, called "mat work,"
involves a series of callisthenic
motions performed without weight or apparatus on a padded mat.
He believed that mental health and physical health were necessary
to one another. Pilates created what is claimed to be a method
of total body conditioning that emphasizes proper alignment, centering,
Joseph Pilates also designed five major pieces
of unique exercise
equipment that he claimed should be used for best results. Although
the two components are often taught separately now, the method
was always meant to combine both mat work and equipment exercises.
A recent development is gravity Pilates. In all forms, the "powerhouse"
(abdomen, lower back, and buttocks) is supported and strengthened,
enabling the rest of the body to move freely.
Joseph Pilates practitioners use their own bodies
as "weights" in training, to build strength, and flexibility
this is under attack without a focus on high-powered cardiovascular
exercise. Today, Pilates is used in the rehabilitation process
by many physical therapists. Pilates is an old move toward to
movement re-education that is becoming popular in the field of
fitness and rehabilitation. The Pilates environment can be used
as an assistive situation that optimizes the acquisition of movement
with a reduction of destructive forces and can be used to progress
individuals through more challenging movements that represent
their day-to-day activities.
Research and theories in motor learning, biomechanics,
and musculoskeletal physiology help support the phenomena experienced
by many Pilates-based practitioners; however, the Pilates-based
approach needs to be subjected to the rigors of investigate to
better evaluate its efficacy in the field of rehabilitation.In
recent years, many Pilates students have seen important parallels
with the Alexander Technique, and the discoveries of F. Matthias
Alexander. It has been used to train dancers in suppleness and
physical strength. The first official Pilates Studio was opened
in New York in 1926. In recent years it has become a popular fitness
modality, with many stars attributing their successful weight
loss and augmented muscle tone to Pilates.