Pilates & Animals

Let’s take a moment to remember one of the places Joe Pilates got his inspiration for his exercises: animals. He would watch animals, especially cats, move and observe how they stretched. They didn’t participate in exercise programs, but they new how to move their bodies in space.

Cat lying down, close-up (focus on cats face)

Our lives put us in positions our bodies weren’t intended to be in for eight-plus hours per day. Pilates tries to combat the toil life puts on our bodies.

If you have a cat or a dog or another animal, watch how they move. Mimic them and see if it feels good on your body.