After a day’s work are you too exhausted to take a walk, read a book or spend quality time with friends or loved ones? Joseph Pilates recognized that many people were tired and suffering physically in the “modern” times of 1945. Does this sound familiar?
“Our bodies are slumped, our shoulders are stooped, our eyes are hollow, our muscles are flabby and our vitality extremely lowered, if not vanished. This is but the natural result of not having uniformly developed all the muscles of our spine, trunk, arms and legs in the course of pursuing our daily labors and office activities,” Joseph Pilates wrote in Return to Life Through Contrology.
As a child, Pilates was sickly and through years of studying body-building, yoga, and gymnastics he developed a series of exercises, called Contrology, now called Pilates. He believed that bad posture and inefficient breathing were the root of poor health. Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath, alignment of the spine and strengthens abdominal and back muscles.
“Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit,” wrote Joseph Pilates.
Pilates devoted his entire life to improving physical fitness and today we can reap the benefits by taking a Pilates class. No matter what your current physical fitness level is, a good Pilates instructor will start you at the very beginning and increase the range of difficulty only once you’ve mastered the fundamental exercises. So what do you have to lose? Try Pilates today.