What is Pilates

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Contrology (Pilates) is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit. Through Contrology you first purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then through proper repetition of its exercises you gradually and progressively acquire that natural rhythm and coordination associated with all your subconscious activities. – Joseph Pilates

Pilates is an exercise system that focuses on building strength without bulk, improves flexibility and agility, and helps to prevent and rehabilitates injury. It was developed in the 1920s by Joseph H. Pilates, who originally called the method Contrology. Pilates involves a series of controlled movements that engage both your body and mind. It utilizes specifically designed exercise apparatus and is supervised by highly trained teachers. It was initially created for rehabilitation, but was later adopted by dancers and athletes and is now utilized by millions. The primary focus is on awareness of the spine, proper breathing, core strength, flexibility and alignment. The outcome of Pilates training is a balanced body which is strong, supple, toned and healthy.