The Pilates Method is a system of therapeutic exercises developed by Joseph H. Pilates over a span of 60 years. Utilizing the specialized equipment he designed, the method works by strengthening individual muscles as well as balancing muscular force at the joint level. It stimulates circulation through facilitating muscular flexibility, joint range of motion and proper musculoskeletal alignment. In addition, it promotes new neuromuscular patterns, heightened body awareness, and more precise coordination. All these things combine to help prevent future re-injury and reduce – even in some cases alleviate- chronic pain altogether.
Today Pilates is offered in hospitals, medical offices, universities, health clubs and independent studios around the world. As both a rehabilitation and wellness program, Pilates is a wonderful complement to physical therapy, chiropractic, massage therapy and many other therapeutic or physical fitness systems.
Currently, Simpatico Pilates works in association with physical therapy centers and health care practitioners in the Santa Barbara area. They have found Pilates and Gyrotonic to be an effective, invigorating program and we have had great success with the patients they have referred to us.