In his book Return to Life through Contrology, Joseph Pilates presents his method as the art of controlled movements, which should look and feel like a workout (not a therapy) when properly manifested. If practiced with consistency, Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance. The core, consisting of the muscles of the abdomen, low back, and hips, is often called the "powerhouse" and is thought to be the key to a person's stability. Pilates' system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginner to advanced or to any other level, and also in terms of the instructor and practitioner's specific goals and/or limitations. Intensity can be increased over time as the body adapts itself to the exercises.
Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates, from Mönchengladbach, Germany. His father was a gymnast and his mother a naturopath. During the first half of the twentieth century, he developed a system of exercises which were intended to strengthen the human mind and body. Pilates believed that mental and physical health were interrelated. In his youth he had practised many of the physical training regimes available in Germany, and it was from these he developed his own method. Pilates said that the inspiration for his method came to him during World War One, while he was being held in an internment camp (Knockaloe) on the Isle of Man. He developed his method there for four years, working on his fellow internees. Joseph Pilates accompanied his method with a variety of equipment, for which he used the term "apparatus". Each apparatus was designed to help accelerate the process of stretching, strengthening, body alignment and increased core strength started by the mat work. The best-known and most popular apparatus today, the Reformer, was originally called the Universal Reformer, aptly named for "universally reforming the body". Eventually Pilates designed other apparatus, including the Cadillac, Wunda Chair, High "Electric" Chair, Spine Corrector, Ladder Barrel and Pedi-Pole.
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Jane Christie - "Pilates to me is life changing. Immediately I had a new awareness of my own body and became more supple, could move easier and felt stronger. It was Pilates that gave me the confidence I needed to change my career and start my own business. It helped me to be more focused and centred. Now I get to personally witness how Pilates changes the lives of my students from all walks of life. It is so rewarding to see them leave the studio after a session standing taller, more energized, smiling and with a spring in their step. It is amazing work. It is my passion."
Jane is a former midwife, Cordon Bleu Cook, and one of Bermuda’s premier runners and former May 24th Winner. She started Pilates in 1997. She became so passionate about the method; she then took it a step further to become a “Guild Certified Pilates Instructor” under the direct tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska in New York. Seeing a need for authentic Pilates in Bermuda, Jane and partner Cal Bean, opened up Bermuda Bodyworks Ltd. - which has established it self as Bermuda's No:# 1 Pilates Studio.
Mariano Dolagaray - "Pilates gave me a platform, a base, from which to evolve personally and also with my clients. Pilates gives me a strength that goes way beyond the muscles, beyond the physical body. Pilates is not just exercises, Pilates is a concept, a philosophy. It is not only for the body, but throughout the body to reach our potential as human beings. Scientists have proven that the mind can change the body, and I totally believe that the body can change the mind as well. Changes occur through movement and movement can heal. Without Pilates I would be living but I can not imagine how. I practice Pilates to feel more alive, to live better."
Mariano is from Argentina and gives workshops all over the world. He has his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and has completed certification programs with The Pilates Studio Brasil (Master Teachers: Romana Kryzanowska and Inelia Garcia), Romana's Pilates Independent Instructor Program and The True Pilates New York (Master Teacher: Sari Mejia Santo).