The Pilates Method
From this central core, the Pilates method works by adjusting the intensity of each exercise through the use of differing length levers, (limb movements), and resistance.
Joe Pilates believed that by concentrating on precision of movement, awareness of breath control and a continued flowing movement, the exerciser will be able to alter abnormal patterns of movement and achieve a carry over effect into daily function.
There are 2 categories of Pilates – mat work and machine based work. Mat work is a combination of the original 34 pilates exercises developed by Joe in his early years. The main theme of mat work exercises is maintaining a central core of stability in the lower back and pelvis whilst mobility and strengthening exercises are completed. Machine based pilates add resistance, most commonly with the reformer, based on Joe’s spring system.