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The Music of Pilates

Pilates Music

When it comes to music for Pilates, there are varied opinions about the type of music that should be used and even challenges to whether music should be utilized at all.  Let’s discuss what some of the views on this topic.

Many folks who exercise say that music is a form of motivation.  The tougher the workout or even more intense it is, and yes Pilates can be brutal and intense, the more upbeat the desired music typically is both in words and rhythm.

There is also the perception of the peace brought about in a Pilates class.  A calmer, mellow sound is typically desired during that type of practice.

There are also a select few, possibly more, who prefer the sounds of silence during the performance of their Pilates routine.  The quietness of their surroundings helps facilitate the meditative state they find themselves while exercising.  In this way, the silence is something of a form of music unto itself.

While for many the choice for music may be an option of either or, sometimes it is more the case of sometimes having music while you participate in the method and sometimes not having music depending on how you feel at that particular moment.  The truth of the matter when it comes to Pilates music is that there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to playing tunes while practicing the work.  It’s more about what moves you, gets you into the right mindset, and helps facilitate the work in the way it is supposed to be performed.

If you are a fan of playing music during your Pilates workout, there several options that are available for that purpose.  You can check out Soundcloud – Pilatespal.com and their collection for a list of favorite Pilates sounds.  These music offerings cover classes such as high-intensity cardio sessions using the jump board as well as the more mellow classes such as the restorative courses.

The Art of Pilates

Pilates is Art

It is said that movement is art and if that is the case then if we were to connect the dots, Pilates is art.  To fill any gaps of understanding, let’s discuss further.  We’ll begin the discussion with a little history behind the Pilates Method.

Contrology, AKA Pilates, in its current form was developed by Joseph H. Pilates.  He was commonly thought of as a man ahead of his time and revered today by the disciples of his exercise method.

History reports he was sickly as a child, though evidence of such is limited.  As he grew older, he became heavily involved in exercise and especially boxing.  It is thought that even at that age he understood or least it was the beginning of his understanding of how movement can help a body to gain health and remain healthy.

While interned in a German internment camp, Joseph developed his exercise method and encouraged fellow inmates at the camp to participate in the movements.  Joseph credits his system with saving lives because, during the outbreak of Polio at that time, none of the men who performed his exercise regimen died of the disease.

After being released from the camp, Joseph, affectionately referred to as Joe, came to New York and opened his Pilates studio.  While historically, the method was developed for men, ballet dancers and choreographers made the discovery of his routine as a way to rehabilitate from injury.  Joe worked with many of the greats such as George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Carola Trier, and others.  The method became known more as an exercise for ladies because of the success he had with the dancers and the fact that so many of them were women.

Moving forward to today, the stigma that Pilates is for women is slowly being eliminated as folks from all backgrounds and professions have started utilizing the routine to help with their performance and daily living.  Many testimonials speak to the benefits of moving in a controlled method,  flowing from one movement to another, concentrating and breathing through each exercise.

When you watch a skilled Pilates practitioner, you see the beauty of the moves the body is performing almost as if watching live art in motion.  As such, you can see that Pilates is art.  We found a resource online that provide information that will help you with finding everything you wanted to know about Pilates including DVDs, clothing and apparel, music, books and more.  Begin your journey in the method with some classes in Contrology.  Click here to find a Pilates class near you so that you can participate in the art of Pilates.

Welcome to Y Arts Detroit – A Pilates Arts and Music Site

Hello.  Thank you for visiting our site.  We are in the process of rebuilding this site and look forward to bringing you the latest offerings when it comes to Pilates arts and the music of Pilates.  There is something very intriguing about the visual aspects that the art of Pilates has to offer.  And Pilates music provides that certain sound necessary to enhance any class that it is used in.  We will dive into more of those things and other additions tied to the creative aspects of the Contrology Method so stay tuned.

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