About Pilates

Joseph Pilates designed more than 500 specific exercises using five major pieces of unique apparatus to develop the body uniformly.  Instead of performing many repetitions of each exercise, Pilates preferred fewer, more precise movements, requiring proper control and form.

Because your mind is required to work with your body to perform the movements correctly, you experience a new awareness of muscle function and control.

The "powerhouse" – abdomen, lower back, and buttocks – is supported and strengthened, enabling the rest of the body to move freely.

So, the Pilates regimen is built on specific principles:

  • Concentration

Be present - focus

  • Centering

Initiate movement from our powerhouse-our center

  • Control

No sloppy movements! All movement is coordinated, smooth and efficient

  • Precision

Every movement has a purpose

Building on concentration and control - precision will teach us how to "undo" faulty movement patterns                     in our bodies

  • Fluidity of Movement - Flow

Pilates becomes functional movement we use outside of the studio

  • Breath

Deep inhalation and complete exhalation increases waste removal, facilitates deeper core support as                      well as deepening the work!

What is the Method Pilates?

What are the benefits of a consistent Pilates practice?

  • longer, leaner muscles--greater strength and muscle tone
  • more efficient respiratory, lymphatic and circulatory systems
  • better posture
  • improved balance and coordination
  • injury prevention
  • improved flexibility and agility
  • less back pain
  • increased joint mobility
  • lower stress levels
  • increased core strength

a flatter stomach and trimmer waist

slender thighs and a strong back

  • gains in specific sports performance

skiing, golf, dance, tennis, skating, running, etc.

  • NO impact--easy on the joints
  • heightened body awareness
  • assisted weight loss and weight management
  • refreshing mind/body workouts
  • and much more!

Who should practice Pilates?

YOU!  Pilates can be beneficial for just about everyone regardless of age, fitness level, or body condition.  Most exercises can be easily modified and customized for individual needs.  Pilates will challenge the novice to the advanced exerciser!

 

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