Pronounced (pi-LAH-teez), this unique body conditioning system has been reputable since the early 1900’s. Pilates exercises are performed in a flowing, controlled manner, combining gradual movements with methodical breath. Aspiring for precision, each movement is initiated by the group of muscles known as “the core.” Equivalent periods of relaxation and exertion provide a perfect balance for strengthening and stretching muscles and the spine while significantly improving bone mass.
Pilates is not your typical exercise class. It is an effective workout that helps improve flexibility and build muscle – without adding bulk. Pilates focuses on flexibility and strength training which will create long and lean muscles. Pilates is ideal for people with knee, back, ankle and asthma problems, and those who find traditional exercise programs too difficult. Pilates exercises emphasize form and quality rather than quantity or repetition.
Students will experience immediate improvement in posture, flexibility and balance. With dedicated practice, students will notice dramatic body transformations.
Pregnant women are also perfectly safe doing Pilates throughout pregnancy. The exercise is an excellent tool for learning proper alignment and posture while toning and strengthening. Expectant mothers learn how to breathe methodically and how to keep the back relaxed and aligned while the fetus matures. The body stays tone and fit during pregnancy, is prepared for childbirth, and is poised for quick recovery of stomach and pelvic muscles after the baby is born.
Men are now catching on to the diverse benefits of Pilates. They recognize that they are strong but “tight” and need to balance their musculature by increasing their flexibility. Men often over-train superficial muscles at the expense of joint-stabilizing and core-supporting muscles, and in contrast, Pilates will have them work muscles that they didn’t even know they had. Athletic performance is improved and a new sense of strength is achieved.