what is pilates?
Pilates is an accessible way to improve posture, encourage flexibility, and strengthen muscles and joints. Using controlled, focused movements, this practice stretches the body and increases overall endurance.
Although Pilates has been around for many years (peaking around the mid-1900s), the practice has evolved with the changing-times. The very foundation of Pilates, in fact, revolves around modification and adaptability.
is pilates for me?
Rest assured that you don’t have to be a body movement expert to join in on the practice! Beginners are encouraged to participate, as our instructor works with your level of strength and flexibility to ensure that you’re getting the most out of each session.
If you happen to be a seasoned athlete, or already have an advanced fitness routine practice, no problem! Pilates is a great addition to all workout routines, and can be tailored to your specific needs and fitness level.
As always, if you’re pregnant or have health conditions, it’s always a good idea to check in with your doctor before beginning a new fitness technique.
10 benefits of pilates
Outside of balance, strength, and flexibility, there are a plethora of benefits that Pilates students enjoy, including:
- Increased mental focus
- Back pain relief
- Increased relaxation
- Improved breathing
- Boosted energy
- Enhanced social life
- Weight loss
- Injury avoidance
- Body awareness/mindfulness
- Better sleep
what to expect
Particular importance is placed on breathing and body placement in order to reap the maximum benefits of the Pilates workout. First and foremost, participants are guided to place importance on the core, or torso, to increase stabilization. Strengthening the core builds a steady foundation for all other muscle work, including stretching and stabilizing the arms and legs.
A typical session involves the “Five Basic Principles” that Pilates is founded on.
- Pelvic placement
- Rib cage placement
- Scapular movement
- Head & cervical spine placement
how to prepare for the session
- Arrive on time and ready to go!
- Wear flexible, comfortable clothing. Loose is good, but baggy is not recommended (the instructor should be able to observe your muscle movements during the session).
- Let the instructor know if you have any injuries or physical limitations.
It’s not uncommon to feel results after just one class, encouraging participants to keep at it and develop a well-rounded, consistent Pilates practice. The body develops muscle-memory with each rep, making each session more relaxed and enjoyable as your body begins to resonate with the techniques.
All exercise props and materials are provided for participants, though you are free to bring your own mat (not required). Simply come prepared and motivated, and remember these wise words from the founder himself –
“Above all, learn to breathe correctly.” -Joseph Pilates
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