PILATES (pronounced:puh-lɑ-teez) is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Hubertus Pilates. Pilates called his method Contrology because his method uses the mind to control the muscles. Pilates targets your POWERHOUSE: abs, back, gluts, inner and outer thighs. Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine. Each exercise involves strength and stretch to create a supple, toned body.

CONCENTRATION-This is your mind/body connection. Focus on what you are doing and how you are initiating the movement.

CENTERING-You must maintain proper alignment and move from your center (Powerhouse) in every movement. Working from the inside out.

BREATH-Pilates breathing should be natural, yet deep making sure to take full inhalations and exhalations.

CONTROL-One's goal is to maintain control of your body at all times.

PRECISION-Work for quality not quantity. Five deeply concentrated reps are more beneficial then twenty mindless reps.

FLOW-The system is designed to flow seemlessly from one exercise to another, like a well oiled machine.

All of these principles work off of each other. Your goal should be to hone each one to better understand
your body and how it moves and also how you can challenge yourself.

"Contrology is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play and in the way you work."Joseph Pilates