What is Pilates?
Pilates emphasizes alignment, breathing, and developing a strong core* while improving coordination and balance. Movements are practiced with precision and control which yield to improved strength, increased flexibility and elevated endurance. Joseph Pilates promised that "in 10 sessions, you feel better, 20 sessions you look better, 30 sessions you have a completely new body."
History of Pilates
Joseph Pilates began his journey in teaching physical fitness during World War I to German soldiers who were confined in interment camps. He labeled his method of body weight training "Contrology," and began rehabbing the bodies, minds, and spirits of soldiers. The health of the men Joseph worked with became testament to what his method did for their physical and mental health. Using his 9 principles, Joseph began subjectively rehabbing injured soldiers to "return back to life." Physical limitations of Joe's clients allowed for greater creativity in his approach, leading to the use of props, namely springs and pulleys to assist or add as resistance in individual's needs.
After their release from the internment camps, "contrology" had won favor from the dance community, where Joe began training dancers, and eventually moved to America to open his own fitness facility to the general public.
9 Core Principles
Balanced muscle development
Effective and safe movement begins at the core; Pilates strengthens the core which stabilizes the pelvis, and lengthens and decompresses the spine. Pilates is for everyone, no matter their age or experience level. It strengthens mind-body connection, balance, focus, and creates awareness of participants' own body in space. It is versatile; individuals can draw from it what they personally need.
The core, consists of the muscles of the abdomen, low back, and hips, is often called the "powerhouse". The core is the is largely responsibility for one's mobility and stability.
frequently asked questions
Do I need to bring a mat?
If you have a favorite mat, we encourage you to bring it. However, we have mats at the studio for you to use.
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothes that allow you to move and breathe easily. Try to avoid zippers and buttons, for your own comfort!
Do you offer begginer classes?
No, we are used to have people of different abilities in our classes! Mat Pilates is always a great way to get started since it doesnt have any apparatus, but not necessary.
What is "the MOTR"?
The Motr is a portable Pilates appartus that offers a combination of a dense foam roller for balance work and a resisitance pulley system for strengthening.
Whats the difference between Yoga and Pilates?
Both Pilates and Yoga offer strengthening, flexibility and relaxation benefits. Each instructor and training method is different, but in general;
Pilates is more athletic class with emphasis on developing core muscles, improving posture, balance, and stabilizing joints by developing balanced muscles. Movements are generally smaller then those in a yoga class and sequences are not repeated.
Yoga poses emphasizes a mind-body connection, spiritual connection and medidation. Yoga (generally) holds poses far longer and will often repeat the flow of these movements.
I want to get my own mat...what do you recommend?
We highly recommend a mat with a surface that grips the floor and provides 4-6 mm of padding.
How soon can I start classes after having a baby?
Once your physican gives you the okay to do abdominal work. Generally, it is 12 weeks post partuam. Even though you may feel ready, your insides may not be! Personal training can be done during this time, on a case by case basis.
I have Diastasis recti/abdominal separation, I was told need to strength my abdominals but have heard it can make it worse? Help!
Both statements are true! Some abdominal exercise can indeed make the separation worse. However, there are also exercises that can also help strength and close, it's important to know which is which. Before coming to class, please contact us so we can help you work safely and effectively.
I love the classes but cant always make it, what can I do at home?
We have videos on our instagram, follow us and enjoy!
Is Pilates good for Men?
ABSoutley! Men greatly benefit from all the benefits; strength, muscle balance, posture, stability, flexbility, mobility and endurance.
I heard Pilates is great way to strech, but will I get stronger?
Yes! Pilates main goal is to strengthen, and create balanced muscles. The best part is....you never "grow" out of it, the more you practice, the more you get out of each exercise.