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Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates in Germany. As of 2005 there are 11 million people who practice the discipline regularly and 14,000 instructors in the United States.

Pilates called his method Contrology (from control), because he believed his method uses the mind to control the muscles.[3] The program focuses on the core postural muscles which help keep the body balanced and which are essential to providing support for the spine. In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine, and aim to strengthen the deep torso muscles.

Pilates claimed his method has a philosophical and theoretical foundation. He claims that his system is not merely a collection of exercises, but a method developed and refined over more than eighty-five years of use and observation.

According to practitioners, the central aim of Pilates is to attempt to create a fusion of mind and body, so that without even engaging the mind, the body will move with economy, grace, and balance.
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review by . April 19, 2009
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Let me start simply.  I LOVE Pilates.  I've quite literally been day-dreaming about it ever since I stopped going during my 2-month-turned-into-2-year adjustment to motherhood.      Ok, so with that established, why do I LOVE Pilates?   It taps into a sense of physical balance that seamlessly connects to mental balance as well, and in a somehow more pragmatic way than the more overtly spiritual manner that yoga accomplishes a similar connection.  One …
Quick Tip by . April 19, 2010
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Pilates looks like a good way to appear more lean and long, as opposed to muscular. That's what I am looking for.
Quick Tip by . April 07, 2010
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I've been a fan of Pilates for years. Great for toning and feeling better. Recommend to everyone.
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