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Why Pilates

Pilates (Pih-lah-teez) - is an exercise system consisting of a series of controlled movements performed on mats and spring resistent apparati ( The Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, mats and other accessories), that engage both your mind, body, and spirit. The key elements of the Pilates method are core strength, spinal alignment, flexibility, stamina, and concentration. Providing each Pilates session with the focus of quality over quantity regarding repetition of movement.

Joseph H. Pilates, founder of the Pilates method brought his system of Contrology to New York City in the 1920’s. After opening his first studio with his wife, Clara the method was quickly embraced by the ballet and dance community. Its popularity continued to grow as more and more people discovered the merits of the method. Some of Joseph Pilates’ students became instructors themselves. Known as, “The Elders”, Joseph Pilates original students went on to found their own studios and pass their knowledge on to future generations of instructors beyond Joseph Pilates’ death in 1967.

More than 3 decades after Joseph Pilates death and nearly a century after opening the first Pilates studio in the U.S. , Joseph Pilates work remains one of the fastest growing form of exercise worldwide.

We suggest practicing our equipment based sessions 1, 2, or 3 days a week . It’s benefits are addictive. Here’s “the skinny” on what’s in store for you:

A CINCHED WAISTLINE and WEIGHT LOSS
Pilates goes beyond the superficial muscles of the abdomen and targets the deepest abdominal muscle, the Transverse Abdominis. Essentially, it fills in the space between your lowest rib (the 12th) and your pelvis, connecting your pubic bone to your 6th rib. It also has lateral fibers that wrap around your waist. The Transverse Abs share fibers with the diaphragm. So when you practice a deep Pilates exhalation and pull your low belly toward your spine, you’re activating this deepest abdominal layer. When engaged, the Transverse abs decreases the diameter of your waist, FLATTENS YOUR BELLY, and creates a bit more space between the vertebrae in your low back, ALLEVIATING BACK PAIN. The intentional, controlled movements in Pilates help to build long lean muscles. MORE MUSCLES = MORE CALORIES BURNED.

BETTER POSTURE
Poor posture can become our normal way of being. As we sink deeper or hunch our shoulders more, our muscles get tighter and keep us in this degenerative movement pattern. Pilates takes the practitioner out of this movement pattern, restoring postural alignment, providing more flexible hamstrings and spine, with an open chest. INCREASED FLEXIBILITY, STRONGER ABDOMEN and spine muscles provide a renewed pattern of movement.

MENTAL and PHYSICAL REJUVINATION
The DEEP BREATHING and full exhalation practiced during Pilates not only helps to cinch our waistline and engage our deepest abdominal muscles, it rids our body of stale air, allowing fresh invigorating air to rush in. With more, cleaner oxygen our bodies can burn more calories and give us more energy. Deep breathing also stimulates internal organs including the heart. When the heart gets going, thereby INCREASING CIRCULATION, you get fresh blood coursing through the body, carrying oxygen and nutrients to every cell, as well as removing waste products.

IMPROVED ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
Focusing on efficiency of movement, quality vs quantity of repetitions, Pilates encourages more intentional muscle work, proper joint mechanics, not hyperextension and tightening of joints. This allows the practitioner to work properly from their muscles, increasing range of motion in joints and keeping arthritis at bay. Focusing on INJURY PREVENTION helps athletes on both competitive and recreational levels. Athletes report an INCREASE IN STAMINA and ENDURANCE after regular Pilates practice.
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