What is Pilates?
Pilates is a holistic method of exercise designed by Joseph H. Pilates to strengthen and balance the body. Mr. Pilates designed and patented over 500+ exercises on various large and small apparatus; some of which include the Reformer, Wunda Chair, High Chair, Cadillac, Ped-O=Pul, Arm Chair, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, and Half Barrel, Foot Corrector, and the Mat. After his death, his teachings were continued under the direction of his wife, Clara, as well as various students such as Romana, Ron Fletcher, Mary Bowen, Kathy Grant, Carola Trier, Jay Grimes, Eve Gentry, and Lolita San Miguel. Many of these students went on to create their own training and educational programs, and most modern teachers can link their education to one of these first-generation elders.
Who can do Pilates?
Pilates is for everyone regardless of age, sex, body type, or movement history as it addresses breath, mindfulness, strength, healthy ranges of motion, and balance. Pilates is especially suitable for those seeking sound, full-body workouts, rehabilitation after chronic or acute injuries, prevention of osteoporosis (brittle bones,) maintenance of the body before, during, and after pregnancy, and improved athletic performance.
Is Pilates physical therapy?
Pilates is NOT physical therapy. However, Pilates IS a system of exercise that compliments traditional physical therapy, and is often used by medical professionals to assist their patients in preventing and rehabilitating injury. If you are in the process of recovering from an injury, or suffer from a chronic condition, your medical professional may recommend Pilates as a method of addressing poor movement habits.
How often can I do Pilates?
Ideally, two to three times per week to see and feel the changes in your body. However, we understand this is not always possible, so with this in mind, we suggest you do Pilates as often as possible combined with physical activity outside the studio. A wise man once said, "A little Pilates is better than no Pilates at all."
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothing for the gym. Avoid buttons and zippers. Shoes are not necessary.