Pilates - A Bed-Bound Exercise

Joseph Pilates

 

That's right, Pilates isn't just a made up word to name this particular type of exercise. It belonged to a sickly German child named Joseph Pilates, who was determined to make himself strong and healthy. Joseph combined classical Roman and Greek exercises regimes, body-building and gymnastics. He was also a practitioner of yoga, tai chi, martial arts and Zen meditation. 

                                                                                             The Original Pilates Studio

                                                                                            The Original Pilates Studio

                        Joseph Pilates teaching at his studio

                       Joseph Pilates teaching at his studio

 

 

The Development of Pilates during World War I

Joseph was interned by the British during World War I, in which he took this opportunity to develop a new way of exercise and body conditioning, known as Pilates today. 

During this intern and also working as a nurse, he experimented with 'bed techniques' to rehabilitate wounded soldiers.

 Joe Pilates attached strings to hospital bed so patients could start toning their muscles even while they were still bed-bound.

Joe Pilates attached strings to hospital bed so patients could start toning their muscles even while they were still bed-bound.

Benefits of Pilates

Bed-ridden patients under Joseph Pilates experienced far faster recoveries, a significantly improved body alignment, increased core strength, and refined coordination and balance. Many dancers have also been using Pilates as rehabilitation and exercise because it facilitates functional movement, builds strength without bulking up the body. 

Introducing Mat Pilates Instructor - Yui

With passion and love in exercises and salsa dancing has made me decided to learn more in this field. With years of taking Pilates exercise have made me realize the benefits of this exercise and how it can change and improve our body. Therefore, I decided to learn more about Pilates exercise and would like to help others to improve their physical fitness and achieve their fitness target.

Mat Pilates Group Class Short Description

Yui will teach her first Mat Pilates Class August 15th at 7:30. The Class strengthens core muscles, improves posture, provides long lean and toned muscles. It also improves balance and coordination and helps better performance on sports.

 

 

References: 

http://www.pilatescentral.co.uk/history-origins-pilates/

https://www.pilatesmethodalliance.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=3401

 

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