The Pilates Method – Contrology (Art of Control)
In short, Pilates is a system of exercises that combine flexibility strength and control. The entire method is based on the 6 principles: Concentration, Control, Centering, Flow, Precision and Breathing.
Pilates- The Art of Contrology
Joseph Pilates was able to bring together his deep understanding of the body and the knowledge about how to overcome his own weaknesses and strengthen the body. His system of exercising, which he used to call the Art of Contrology, has shown results over the past 100 years; he proved to be a true visionary with a Zeitgeist that has stood the test of time.
The Pilates method is based on the power of resistance through work with springs and opposition. This enables the body to build lean and light muscles when compared to working with weights. When implemented by a pure Pilates trainer, the pure method is efficient in transforming any type of body in a short amount of time.
Who can benefit from Pilates?
Pilates is for everybody and can be adapted to all fitness levels. It is ideal as a routine to stay fit and feel energized and dynamic throughout all life stages. A regular practice of Pilates helps to relieve stress and establish a balance between mind and body. It is known to build a strong core and good posture, which helps prevent back, shoulder pain and other physical imbalances. The practice of Pilates has helped many athletes to fine tune their performance and prevent or recover from injury.
Authentic vs mainstream Pilates
Compared to the mainstream Pilates offered nowadays in the majority of Gyms and fitness schools in Europe, the pure version of Pilates uses equipment and structured, individually adapted exercise system. To be safe and effective, Pilates should be only be practiced in combination with a certified Pilates Trainer, who knows the method inside out, to be able to choose the right exercises and apply them in a way to guarantee the best result for clients.