Origin Mat Pilates
According to Joseph Pilates, who created the method in the 1920’s, Mat Pilates is “the complete coordination of the mind, body and spirit.” Pilates incorporates a set sequence of no-impact exercises that promote core strength and stability, muscle control and endurance resulting in proper posture and functional movement patterns. The method was originally developed to be practiced on a mat without the aid of equipment or props; Pilates later developed equipment to support the original method.
The right prop can make a hard exercise easier and more accessible, and a simple exercise more challenging. Origin believes that props help to build the strength and awareness necessary to perform the ‘real’ exercise properly; a prop is a tool, not a crutch. The use of props also introduces muscle confusion training into the mat routine. Simply put, this training principle states that muscles adapt to a specific type of stress and need to be challenged in varied ways in order to continue experiencing results. Muscles improve when subjected to new and different challenges; athletes cross-train for this reason.