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What is Pilates?

Pilates is a movement therapy developed from the rehabilitation exercises created by Joseph Pilates (1883-1967). Joseph Pilates believed that modern lifestyle, bad posture and inefficient breathing were the roots of poor health, so he designed a series of exercises to help correct muscular imbalances, improve posture, coordination, balance, strength and flexibility, as well as increase breathing capacity and organ function.

“The attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.”
-Joseph Pilates’ definition physical fitness.

Today’s Pilates has evolved into hundreds of gentle, yet intense, exercises that are designed to develop long, lean muscle, increase flexibility, improve joint mobility and correct muscular imbalances. This is done through focused movement of the limbs and spine that is supported with core strength for optimal movement efficiency. In result, posture is improved, joints move with greater ease and range, and aches and pains are eliminated.

This unique movement therapy is beneficial for people of all ages, sizes and activity levels.

What Can Pilates Do for Me?

  • Build core strength and control to facilitate optimal movement
  • Build long, lean muscles without adding bulk
  • Postural symmetry
  • Improve muscular strength and endurance
  • Increase flexibility
  • Improve joint mobility
  • Re-train the body to move in safer, more efficient patterns
  • Prevent injuries by creating an evenly conditioned body
  • Improve balance
  • Decrease muscle tension
  • Promote better circulation

  • What to Expect from Your Pilates Class:

    The first Pilates class will include a review of your health history, time to establish personal goals, as well as a postural and movement assessment. With the remaining time, your instructor will begin by establishing neutral alignment and lead you through a warm-up. Your body will then be challenged by moving through a series of exercises that start at a low intensity and gradually progress to exercises of higher intensity. At the end of your session, your instructor will lead you through a cool-down series and allow time for questions, observations and comments.

    After your first session, all other sessions will begin immediately with a brief check-in, followed by a warm-up. Again, neutral alignment will be established, and the exercises will progress to a higher intensity from a lower intensity. Over time, as your muscles strengthen, your instructor will lead your through more complex and challenging exercises.

    Props will often be incorporated to make an exercise more accessible, to make it more challenging or to help engage more muscles.

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