It’s the apparatus used in Pilates. Almost 100 years ago Joseph Pilates, a professional boxer, self-defence trainer, circus performer, yoga and animal-movement scholar, invented interesting pieces of equipment. He used bedsprings, barrels and other creative things. His equipment, called apparatus, was designed to strengthen and support organic movement of the body.
“You are only as young as your spine is flexible.” ~Pilates
He dedicated the rest of his life developing this apparatus and refining what is now known as the Pilates System, a whole body exercise regime.
Joe Pilates strongly believed that one’s quality of life is largely dependant on physical health and posture.
“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.
Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.” ~Pilates
The Pilates exercise system teaches one how to move from their centre, building a balance of strength and flexibility, mental focus and control.
“The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power.” ~Pilates
From Joe’s time to today, Pilates attracts many populations including business people, athletes and people seeking rehabilitation from injury. With regular practice, the benefits of Pilates can be reaped by all.