"Pilates reawakens ordinarily dormant muscle cells, develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit."
-Joseph H. Pilates, Return to Life Through Contrology, 1945.
Pilates is a physical conditioning system that was developed in the early part of the 20th century by Joseph Pilates. The Pilates method, originally named Contrology, focuses on the core postural muscles, which help keep the body balanced and which are essential to providing support for the spine. It improves strength, flexibility and restores balance in your body. Pilates is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, play and work. You will develop muscular power with corresponding endurance, ability to perform arduous duties, to play strenuous games, to walk, run or travel for long distances without undue body fatigue or mental strain.