Contrology as Joseph Pilates himself called it, has had a revolutionary impact on the world of health & fitness. He started developing Pilates in the early 1900s to strengthen both the mind and the body. Joseph strongly believed that physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.
Hence, Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit. When practiced regularly, Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body. It puts emphasis on precision, alignment, breathing, developing a strong center to move from and improving coordination and balance.
The center or core, consisting the muscles of the abdomen, low back, and hips, is aptly called the “powerhouse”. When moving from the support of your powerhouse, you can shed excess effort from over working muscles. By bringing smaller, usually closer to the center and/or joints muscles online, you will improve balance in the body. This will allow you to move freely and without strain or pain.