What is Pilates?
The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning is a system which develops strength, flexability and alignment for the whole body. It is a series of movements performed on the floor, or on specially designed pieces of apparatus, which help you re-pattern your movements and restore your body to balance.
How is Pilates different than other forms of exercise?
Pilates is not just exercise done in the studio. It is a system of movement and a set of
powerful tools which you take into your life. More than just core strength, the Pilates
method teaches you to drive movement from the muscles Joseph Pilates called the
"Powerhouse" (the deepest muscles of the abdomen, buttocks, inner thighs and lower back.) and joins movement of the arms and legs to deep support for them in the trunk. The result is a body strengthened from the inside ot and less prone to injury.
Joseph Pilates's original method, practised as he developed it, has given these benefits for over 80 years:
How often should I do Pilates to get the benefits?
- Strengthens and tones all muscles of the body.
- Develops muscles uniformly.
- Improves balance, movement integration and flexibility.
- Improves posture and body awareness.
- Increases circulation and endurance.
- Creates a more streamlined shape.
- Unites body and mind.
- Heals soft tissue injuries
You will see changes if you take a private session or mat class once a week. However
you will see more rapid change if you do 2 or 3 classes or private sessions a week. As
with any training, the more you do it, the more results you see and feel.
Can I do Pilates if I have a bad back or an injury?
YES! The Pilates method began as rehabilitation. Increasing numbers of physicians and
other health care professionals are realizing the benefits of personalized Pilates training and are recommending it to their patients as a form of rehabilitation. We have had excellent results using Pilates to help clients with back pain, degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, osteoperosis, arthritis and other neuromuscular conditions, joint ailments and soft tissue injuries.