Cary Physical Therapy
2615 Three Oaks Road
Cary, IL 60013

What is Pilates?

Pilates, developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900's, is an exercise system which seeks to actively engage the mind and the body together.
It includes specialized equipment as well as mat classes to engage your "powerhouse" -- the abdoman, lower back and buttocks, enabling the rest of the body to move freely. Quite simply, it strengthens you from the inside out, improving posture, stamina, breathing capacity and flexibility.
  • Increase core strength
  • Improve body awareness
  • Increase flexibility
  • Improve fluidity of movement

Who was Joseph Pilates?

Born in Germany in 1880, Joseph Pilates was a sickly child. Plagued by asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever, he studied a variety of exercise regimens, including yoga, gymnastics, boxing and martial arts. By the age of 14 he was modeling for anatomy charts.

After moving to England, he was interned in a prisoner of war camp with other "German nationals" during World War I. During this time, Joe refined his ideas and developed workout routines for other inmates and even the guards! While in the camp, the Influenza epidemic of 1918 was spreading across Europe, killing thousands of people. According to reports, none of the Pilates participants even became ill due to their strengthened immune systems!

In 1926 Joe emigrated to the US and opened a fitness studio in New York City, next to the New York City Ballet. He and his wife, Clara -- a nurse -- began training and rehabbing many dancers, including George Balanchine. Another one of Joe's students, Ron Fletcher, moved to Lost Angeles in 1970 and begain teaching Pilates to Hollywood stars. This was the beginning of interest in Pilates exercise outside of the dance community.

Joe continued to train clients until his death at the age of 87. His work lives on today with not only dancers and athletes but anyone who can benefit from better posture, stronger and more flexible limbs, core strength, and increased awareness of the mind-body connection.

A Free Taste of Pilates!

Not sure you know enough about Pilates to make a decision? Come in and get a taste of our Pilates Equipment and Mat classes. This includes breathing and core stabilizing principles. Clients will be able to try basic mat exercises and get a chance to work on the Pilates equipment.

Please call for the schedule and to register!

Images courtesy of Polestar Pilates