What is Pilates?

WHAT IS PILATES?

The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning, developed by Joseph H. Pilates, is a method of body conditioning that has been practiced for decades. However, it has recently gained momentum in the fitness and health industries as more people are seeking a safer and more natural total body workout.

Pilates is an alternative form of exercise that simultaneously strengthens, stretches and defines all muscle groups. It aligns the body while eliminating excess tension and strain on the joints. Pilates is a mind/body approach to exercise that increases one's awareness of good body mechanics and focuses on the connection of the mind, the breath and the body. It is the perfect workout promoting physical and mental well-being. Each Pilates session is tailored to the specific needs and abilities of the client.

The Pilates method includes more than 500 specifically designed movements performed on five major pieces of unique apparatus or for the mat work, no apparatus at all.

The movements are efficient and fluid and require muscle control, coordination, balance, concentration and precision. Integrating these with strength, stability, flexibility and breathing, the Pilates method is the perfect workout for all ages and fitness levels.
Amy de Sa using Pilates equipment at Pilates Denver
Amy de Sa using Pilates equipment at Pilates Denver
Amy de Sa using Pilates equipment at Pilates Denver

BENEFITS OF PILATES

  • Improves and maximizes strength, flexibility and control
  • Strengthens and tones abdominal, buttock and back muscles
  • Improves postural alignment
  • Develops muscular balance and core stability
  • Improves balance and coordination
  • Reduces stress and muscle tension
  • Increases circulation
  • Improves spinal stability and mobility
  • Improves arthritic conditions
  • Creates longer, leaner muscles
  • Aids in the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries
  • Decreases back and joint pain
  • Maintains muscle tone in women during and after pregnancy
  • Improves functional movement
Man using Pilates equipment

TESTIMONIALS

"Pilates has sculpted my body and given me more strength and flexibility than I ever thought possible. The personalized attention I receive at Pilates Denver, and the encouragement from my instructor, has kept me motivated and progressing for more than 17 years!"

- Leslie Eaton, Attorney
"The structural response patients have received by implementing Pilates into their rehab plan or exercise regimen has been very noticeable. I find as patients develop their core strength, their resistance to back injuries has been significantly reduced."

- Dr. John Lloyd, D.C.
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