While it seems like the fitness industry only started talking about Pilates as a form of exercise a few years ago, the workout has actually been around much longer than we think. Joseph Pilates developed the exercise in the 1920s as a way for bedridden hospital patients injured during WWI to keep up their strength. After opening his first Pilates studio near the New York City Ballet, he ended up using his practice to help recover injured ballerinas who needed a way to keep their dancers form. Gaining popularity in the ’90s, Pilates is now used as a low-impact exercise that builds strength and flexibility.
The Original Mat Pilates
Generally, the goal of Joseph Pilates original mat pilates repertoire is to strengthen the body’s “powerhouse,” a modern Pilates term that refers to your front body, back body, lower back, upper back, side body, mid region, pelvic region, and your butt.
Yep you got it right! The powerhouse refers to your entire torso, front back and sides.
Through specific sequencing of the the Original Pilates Repertoire you can expect to improve strength and mobility, and regular practice will help you stand up tall and get on with the demands of your every day life.
Stretch – Mat Pilates
Pilates is well known for helping people develop both strength and flexibility.
Our dedicated Stretch – Mat Pilates session is a great recovery class where you can expect to open up your body nice and slow. The session focusses on stretching exercises that increase the flexibility of the back body, front-body, side-body, hamstrings, and hips.
Great for newbies and suitable for pre-natal