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What Makes Breathe Move Be Well Pilates with Bridget Different?

We’re a small, woman owned business that understands and cares about the well being of our community – both locally and globally.  We wish to provide only the best service, products and guidance that we ourselves use and trust to help support our inherent wellness. We also love inspiring and supporting holistic, joy-filled living through Pilates and other mind, body, spirit practices!

What is Pilates?

Pilates is an amazing movement program which uniformly develops, strengthens and restores the body. Through the movements, Pilates relieves stress for the body, mind and emotions, supporting an uplifted posture and relationship with oneself and with life. Learn More About Pilates!

Joseph Pilates (1880-1967) originally created Contrology, later known as Pilates, to help remedy various health ailments he experienced as a child.  By using the mind to “control” the body through the regular practice of his own exercises and by living a healthy, balanced lifestyle, Joseph restored his well being and enjoyed many vigorous activities such as skiing, boxing, martial arts and circus arts.

While interned during the first World War on the Isle of Man, Pilates shared his exercise regime with injured and nonambulatory detainees, using the hospital bed springs to help move the limbs.  This is how his Reformer apparatus came into being.

Following the war, Pilates returned to his home country of Germany, where he was invited to train the German military using his methodology.  Pilates instead emigrated to NYC in 1925 where he and his wife, Claire, whom he meant on the boat, opened a Pilates studio and soon became known in the dance community.   Over the years, Pilates gained popularity for being a sound system for strengthening the core/power house, increasing flexibility of the muscles, reconditioning injuries and for uniting the mind, body, breath and spirit through movement.

Pilates is based on several principles including:

  • Breathing
  • Concentration
  • Core/Power house
  • Precision
  • Control
  • Fluidity

Wikipedia also provides a great explanation of Pilates; here’s the link:


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