In order to understand the basics of Pilates and why it can work for you, you first need to understand where Pilates came from. Pilates was originally formed in Germany by a man of the same name, Joseph Pilates.  Joseph Pilates had many health afflictions as a child. The boy wanted to overcome the hardships he faced and hoped exercise would not only boost his morale, but also his body’s defense against his illnesses.

Joseph Pilates In His Studio

The year was 1880 when Joseph Pilates was born. During his youthful years, he tried a number of things to try to strengthen his body. After several failed attempts to create the perfect program for his frail frame, he came up with the series of movements we now know as Pilates. However, it wasn’t until the 1920’s that the movements Joseph Pilates created were truly perfected.

The Eight Principles of Pilates

Relaxation • Concentration • Control • Centering
Fluidity • Precision • Breathing • Stamina

One of the things that make Pilates so great is that the movements and exercises you do give you strength and flexibility, but not to build any serious amount of bulk to your frame. Pilates is not about building muscle, it is about working with your body and not against it. You need to be able to take what you have been given and make that work for you before attempting anything else ... this is the philosophy that Pilates was founded on.

As you learn more about Pilates you will find that it is designed for each person’s body. Pilates will align your musculoskeletal system through a series of movements that will allow your body to work with less strain. The most wonderful thing you will discover about Pilates is that you don’t have to suffer through the movements to feel better. You are training your body with intelligent design and therefore you will not need to work twice as hard, as you may have to do with other work out programs.

Pilates was set up to create balance within your body. This will help you to realign your musculoskeletal system and can also help to improve your posture. Another positive feature is the lean muscles that you will form thanks to your workouts.