Pilates is a system of exercises developed by Joseph H. Pilates in England. Pilates begins by addressing the core musculature (abdominal, pelvic and back) thru specific exercises performed using eccentric contractions, which simultaneously lengthen and strengthen muscles. It increases strength and flexibility in a balanced manner.
Joseph H. Pilates created this regimen while he was held as an "enemy alien" with other German nationals during World War I. He even used old hospital beds and springs to build equipment to use with his exercises and that equipment was the precursor to today's reformers.
Pilates unites the mind with the body by using the principals of breath, focus, precision, flow of movement, centering, coordination and balance throughout each exercise. The exercises are preformed on a mat and various pieces of equipment fitted with springs.
Clients enjoy better posture, increased energy, stronger, longer, leaner bodies, and pain reduction in a short time. The ability to perform our daily tasks with "spontaneous zest and pleasure" is the goal of Pilates.
Who can do Pilates?
Anyone can do Pilates: men, women, young people, older people, couch potatoes, athletes, dancers, etc. If you are new to Pilates, we require that you take three to five private classes or participate in our Introduction to Pilates Workshop before you can take our mat classes. This requirement is to ensure you get the maximum benefits from our mat classes once you start taking them.
How often do I have to workout?
We recommend at least a weekly Pilates workout. If you increase the frequency of your Pilates workout, then you will see and feel changes more rapidly.
When can I see and feel results?
If you are diligent about attending weekly Pilates classes, you should begin to see and feel a difference after six weeks.
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