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The Pilates Method of Joseph H. Pilates

The Pilates method (pronounced puh-lah-teez) was originally developed in the early 1920's by Joseph Pilates, the legendary physical trainer and founder of "contrology," which he defined as "the science and art of coordinated body-mind-spirit development through natural movements." The method combines both Eastern (focus) and Western (strength) traditions, blending the mind and body to work in harmony.

Mr. Pilates created the method in order to improve strength, flexibility, balance, control and muscular symmetry. He designed specialized equipment, such as the "Cadillac" and the "Reformer," in order to tone and balance muscles without stressing the joints.

Anyone who desires better physical health can use this system!

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Benefits of Pilates

Increase muscle flexibility

Gain mental strength and coordination

Improve flexibility, balance and alignment

Develop real muscular power and endurance

Improve coordination, posture, balance and alignment

Stretch and tone muscles while eliminating joint strain

Develop maximum muscle strength without adding bulk

Build stronger abdominal and back muscles

Stimulate the circulatory system

Rehabilitate chronic injuries