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Pilates is a method of exercise that emphasizes the balance of strength, stretch and control in the entire body. The founder + creator, Joe Pilates, understood that the body repairs and strengthens itself through movement. Pilates is a workout that will keep your body functioning as it ages and enables you to do whatever you enjoy doing for longer.
The strongest muscles in the body are in the girdle around the middle. All strength and movement originates here. A well-balanced Pilates workout uses all the muscles in the girdle including the abdominals, back and sides of the body. When balanced strength and flexibility is returned to the girdle, a feeling of freedom and well being results.
A new person can expect to find muscles they didn’t know they had, move in a new way, and discover things they hadn’t noticed about the way their body moves.
Pilates is good for anyone who is interested in improving his or her fitness, posture, coordination, balance, freedom of movement and overall wellbeing. The Pilates method can be adapted to suit any fitness level, however we do require clients with health issues, injuries or chronic pain to consult their physician before beginning any new exercise program.
The equipment was developed to help people gain strength and flexibility for the mat work. Doing the mat properly is extremely difficult and takes a strong, well developed body. The various apparatus that Joe invented help to target specific areas that need strengthening or more freedom. Each piece of equipment supports the other and teaches the body the principles of Pilates in different ways.
Three times per week is optimal, especially at the beginning. As one gets stronger and develops proper use of the body, as little as once per week is good for maintenance. Combining sessions at the studio along with mat work at home is the best! Also as you progress, it’s recommended you move from privates sessions to semi privates and add a small group to create independency.
Many painful conditions in the body are caused by simple imbalances or stress. Correcting these imbalances and relieving the stress often can relieve the pain. Pilates is not physical therapy, but it is corrective exercise, and as such has many benefits including injury prevention and improved athletic skill. Anyone under a physician’s care should not engage in Pilates without consent from his/her physician.
From 6 years old, only mat work while children are growing, and up to 100!!! And beyond…