Pilates is an exercise system developed by Joseph Pilates to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and improve overall health. Exercises are performed on a mat and on specifically designed equipment. The Pilates system includes exercises for every part of the body and applications for every activity.
In his book Return to Life through Contrology, Joseph Pilates presents his method as the art of controlled movements, which should look and feel like a workout (not a therapy) when properly manifested. If practiced with consistency, Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance. The core, consisting of the muscles of the abdomen, low back, and hips, is often called the “powerhouse” and is thought to be the key to a person’s stability. Pilates’ system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginner to advanced or to any other level, and also in terms of the instructor and practitioner’s specific goals and/or limitations. Intensity can be increased over time as the body adapts itself to the exercises.
Janet Vaughn opened Core Restore in 2008 with a passion for teaching and a BS in Exercise Science. Janet has been a certified pilates instructor for 21 years and a member of Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). Janet’s personal commitment to continual learning has brought her to training with Peak Pilates, Stott, Body Arts & Science, The Center for Women’s Fitness and Franklin Method.