Pilates Through History
to challenge your strength, flexibility and coordination,
Pilates aims to put your body in perfect balance.
During WWI, Joseph Pilates served as an orderly at
a military camp, working with bed-ridden patients.
Many of these patients were not able to move, but
that did nothing to deter Pilates' determination to
help them gain strength and mobility. Experimenting
with his patients and on his own, Pilates devised
a series of controlled exercises that engaged both
mind and body. Watching patients carefully, Pilates
saw them become more active and alert. The men taking
part in Pilates' exercise regime recovered more effectively
than those who did not.
one point Pilates removed bedsprings from beneath
the beds and attached them to the walls at or above
bed level. These springs were used to excercise. His
contraption later inspired the Reformer, a popular
Pilates exercise machine utilizing springs, straps,
and a box to perform a variety of exercises.
who performed Pilates exercises developed a strong
immune system and managed to escape a deadly plague
that killed many at the time. Not one of Pilates students
died from the influenza epidemic of this time which
he claimed was due to the result of his work. None
of Pilates' followers succumbed even though the camps,
where many were located were the hardest hit.
involved in a Pilates program will change the way
you think about your body, exercise, and ultimately
your total well-being.
Daniels is a long term practioner of Yoga and Pilates
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