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Pilates and Physical therapy in Cary, Illinois.

About Pilates

Cary Physical Therapy, providing physical therapy in Cary, Illinois, offers a full range of Pilates programs to help clients improve both their body and their mind.

Developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s, Pilates is essentially an exercise system. It includes specialized equipment as well as mat classes to engage your “powerhouse,” the lower abdomen, lower back and buttocks. The process enables the rest of the body to move freely.

Pilates strengthens you from the inside out, improving posture, stamina, breathing capacity and flexibility. Doing Pilates gives you improved body awareness and enhanced fluidity of movement.

Pilates himself, a native of Germany born in 1880, was a frail child plagued by asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever.

He studied a variety of exercise regimens including yoga, gymnastics, boxing and martial arts. While interned as a prison of war during the First World War, he reined his ideas and developed workout routines for other inmates and even the guards.

While he was in the camp, the influenza epidemic spread across Europe, killing thousands of people. It was reported at the time that none of the Pilates participants came down with the flu, a fact that was attributed to their strengthened immune systems.

In 1926 Joe Pilates immigrated to the United States and opened a fitness studio in New York City. He and his wife, Clara, a nurse, began training and providing many of the dancers with rehabilitation.

When one of Joe’s students took the program to Los Angeles and introduced it to some Hollywood stars, interest in Pilates increased significantly.

Joe personally continued to train clients until his death at the age of 87.

Today it is not only dancers who enjoy Pilates. It popularity has grown to benefit anyone who needs to achieve better posture, stronger and more flexible limbs, core strength and increased awareness of the mind/body connection.