Pilates Postures

About the Pilates Method

The Pilates method is designed to bring the spine closer to how it was positioned at birth. To do this the exercises were conceived to uniformly develop the body by strengthening it from the center.

Pilates isn't just about "working out" it is about learning to be at home and connected with one's own body in order to have the energy and health to enjoy life and meet all of its demands each and every day.

By coordinating breathing with the execution of precise movements the entire body works together to tone and strengthen. The act of rolling and un-rolling the spine articulating each and every vertebra is an action unique to the Pilates method. This movement is meant to render the spine supple and pliable.

First and foremost performing the exercises requires significant concentration so that mind, body and spirit can work together as one. This level of acute concentration while moving increases one's awareness and can help lead to the simultaneous development of a healthy mind and body.

An Example of Rolling the Spine: Rolling-like-a-ball

Rolling Like a Ball

In this exercise the movement is exactly what its name implies, you roll like a ball! It is a fun and invigorating way to articulate each and every vertebrae of the spine. When is the last time you played like that?

Why is it important to be physically active and healthy?

With body, mind and spirit functioning perfectly as a coordinated whole, what else could reasonably be expected other than an active, alert, disciplined person? Moreover, such a body freed from nervous tension and over fatigue is the ideal shelter provided by nature for housing a well balanced mind that is always fully capable of successfully meeting all the complex problems of modern living. Personal problems are clearly thought out and calmly met.