Joseph H. Pilates was a visionary who designed a system of exercise to help bring the body into proper alignment, balance, and symmetry. Originally called “Contrology,” his method promotes ease of movement through breathing, concentration, control, centering, precision, balanced muscle development, fluidity, whole body movement, and relaxation.

Core training is one of the main focuses of the Pilates system. Complete core training strengthens the entire trunk. Not just an avenue to six-pack abs, proper core development strengthens and mobilizes the spine and improves shoulder stability and mobility. A strong core functions as a cylinder of support for movement and helps prevent back pain and injury. Clients love Pilates because it defies the aging process. Mr. Pilates said ” If your spine is inflexibly stiff at [the age of] 30, you are old; if it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.” Joe believed that the prime of our life should be in our 70’s, and that “old age” should not happen until we are nearly 100.

The beauty of the system is that it can be adapted to fit the needs of everyone. It is a preferred training method for world-class athletes and dancers because it promotes strength gains without losing speed and range of motion. It can also be used for the therapeutic needs of rehabilitation patients because it builds strength and flexibility with non weight-bearing exercises. Pilates has also become popular with anyone interested in developing a strong, lean and flexible body.

The genius of Mr. Pilates is the spring-controlled equipment (apparatus) that he developed. These springs can be adjusted to provide assistance or resistance. Using apparatus allows proper retraining of muscles. Correct movement patterns can then be applied to activities in daily life.

Comprehensive Pilates instructor training programs require years of formal training including student teaching, observation, self-mastery, and written & practical exams. Our instructors at Aligned are comprehensively trained through programs following the recommendations of the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and have experience working with all ages and abilities.

In Pilates’ own words comes the power of the method: “In 10 sessions, you will feel the difference. In 20, you will see the difference. And in 30, you’ll have a whole new body.”