Pilates is named after Joseph Pilates who was born in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1880.
Pilates is the collective name for a variety of exercises that condition the body to build greater flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination while promoting a lean appearance.
Pilates focuses on strengthening the core muscles and lengthening the spine. It emphasizes both strength and flexibility, and sometimes uses specific workout machines.
Pilates experts say that muscles should be strong, but flexible. Just getting hard muscles is not the point of Pilates, although muscle toning is said to be an effect. Strengthening key muscles and muscle groups is the basic idea.
As core muscles gain strength, Pilates practitioners say you become more aware of your body’s posture.
Pilates practitioners say there is a significant reduction in neck, shoulder, back and joint pain after doing Pilates exercises. Pilates is said to extend the spine, which may explain the decrease in pain. Many health professionals think that much of the body’s pain originates in a misaligned spine.