Pilates is an effective method of strength training that was invented in the early 20th century by Joseph H. Pilates. The technique was created by integrating eastern forms of exercise, such as yoga, with western methods of aerobic conditioning, calisthenics, weight training and dance. Pilates also corrects faulty movement patterns by re-training the body’s neuro muscular pathways. This process promotes mental and physical control of the body, which enhances the mind-body connection
The Gyrotonic Expansion System®(GXS) is a complete movement system based on the principles of yoga, dance, tai chi, and swimming. Designed around the human body, GXS adjusts to the needs and size of each individual. The spine is used as the body’s central support. Circular and spiraling movements elongate the spine and strengthen the deeper abdominal and pelvic muscles. As the intervertebral spaces open, water absorption increases into the discs, resulting in a stronger, healthier spine. The exercises performed on the GXS work the major muscle groups both independently and in an integrated manner. GXS emphasizes movement with multiple joint articulation, resulting in stronger ligaments and improved neuromuscular coordination. The exercises stimulate the natural shape of joint surfaces and employ the principles of extension, elongation and circular movement.