What is Pilates?
Pilates is a method of movement and exercise developed by Joseph Pilates, which he called "Contrology." It focuses on breathwork, precise movement, balance, coordination and strengthening and stretching the body to its healthiest potential. Contemporary forms incorporate detail to proper spinal and pelvic alignment, posture, and rehabilitation from various injuries. Emphasis is placed on connecting to deep stabilizer muscles and increasing core strength. Pilates is a complete mind and body workout. Use of props and equipment can be incorporated to assist in performing exercises, to create more challenging exercises, or to add resistance and variety.
We receive many referrals from doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists. This is because Pilates works in improving fitness and well-being and often in decreasing physical pain associated with many injuries. Pilates tends to alleviate back pain by retraining muscle firing patterns, balancing the strength of muscles, improving posture, learning functional movements, and increasing body awareness. We are able to modify sessions for knee replacements, hip replacements, osteoporosis, herniated discs, among many other conditions. Ask us how we can help!
For athletes or persons that already have workout routine, Pilates is a great addition of something totally different than anything you are doing. It will build your stamina, endurance, and strengthen all the small, supporting, stabilizing muscles that you may not attend to enough. If you are still not convinced by the benefits, Pilates is just fun and feels great!
Why do I need Private Sessions before joining a class?
Pilates is not just a workout, it is a method. We want our clients to fully learn the method with all the principles, basics, and equipment to obtain the most benefit. Your Private Sessions include body-specific guidance, corrections, and encouragement necessary for learning Pilates and practicing it to the best of your ability. It is essential that all clients are able to safely perform the exercises and use the equipment at the studio. We will also address any specific limitations and modifications you may have. The more we know you and your body, the better we can assist you in accomplishing your goals.
Is Pilates very difficult? Do I need to be young and/or "in shape" to do it?
Pilates can be challenging but we will start at the beginning with the principles and basics. We will build you up and increase the level of difficulty as you are able to progress in strength and stamina. We teach classes and privates to all different levels. Together we will find a workout program that best suits your needs. Our clients range in age from teenagers to seniors. If you are over the age of 13, we are happy to work with you (minors need parental waiver). We see clients of all ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities. You do not need to be a fitness expert to try Pilates.
How often should I do Pilates?
Since Pilates is a low-impact exercise, it can be practiced everyday. To see the best results we recommend practicing Pilates at least three times a week. Ideally our clients attend sessions at the studio two to three times per week and practice Pilates exercises at home an additional one to two times per week.
What do I need to bring with me to the studio?
New clients should bring their completed forms or arrive a few minutes early to fill them out at the studio. If you have long hair, bring something to put it back for your session so it doesn't get caught on equipment. If you come to a Mat Class, you can bring your own mat or use one provided by the studio. Some recommended but optional items you may want to bring include: bottled water, a towel, and socks (ones with grippers on the bottom are best).