Expert Pilates Instruction by a Physical Therapist

What is Pilates?

In 1923, German-born Joseph Pilates (Puhlatees) brought his unique method of physical and mental conditioning to the United States. Pilates had been asthmatic as a child, motivating him to improve his strength and physique. His study of yoga and the martial arts, and his work with physicians and nurses led to the development of his conditioning system. By the early 1960s Pilates was sought after by George Ballanchine, New York City Ballet dancers, actors, gymnasts, and figure skaters.

 

How is Pilates different from other forms of exercise?

Pilates exercise focuses on postural symmetry, abdominal wall control and spinal stabilization, mind/body control, and strengthening through the complete range of motion of all joints beginning with small movements and progressing to larger movements with control and precision. Instead of isolating muscle groups, the whole body is trained, integrating the upper and lower extremities with the trunk. The result is strong, long, and lean muscles with equal strength ratios.

Why should I try this?

Pilates exercise is one of the safest forms of activity, yet can also be the most demanding. The apparatus have been used for years in the most advanced orthopedic and sports-based rehabilitation clinics for injuries. Because you must use the whole body, you cannot progress to a higher level without uncovering isolated weaknesses and training them, thus your problem areas are immediately identified. Any athlete is only as strong as their weakest part, and compensation for that part can lead to injury.

An understanding of what muscles are overworking, what is weakened and how all this affects the body, together with a comprehensive background in anatomy and physiology is required for excellent results. Whether you’ve had a back injury, have poor posture, want to relax the mind or increase your sports performance, Pilates is a fantastic workout that is not only successful but also a lot of fun!

What equipment am I exercising on?

The Pilates method uses Mat exercises and a variety of apparatus specifically designed for assistance or resistance through springs from partial weight bearing and supported positions to very unsupported positions on unstable bases (wobble boards, rotating discs, etc.) Some props are used to challenge balance such as balls and rollers. The apparatus can provide assistance to injured or weak joints through use of light or heavy springs. There are 4 major pieces of equipment that typically make up a "studio" - the Reformer, the Trapeze Table, the Wunda Chair, and the Ladder Barrel.

We proudly use high quality Balanced Body equipment--the first company to update Joseph Pilates' equipment with state-of-the-art engineering, materials and technology.

The CoreAlign is a phenomenal new addition to the Pilates family!  This piece was invented by a Physical Therapist, and manufactured by the Pilates company Balanced Body.  The exercises address alignment issues that affect functional movement. Like all of our toys, the CoreAlign provides a workout in itself with cardiovascular, strengthening, and flexibility exercise capacities!  Oh, and it’s fabulous for balance, too!

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