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“The Pilates Method of body conditioning develops the body uniformly, corrects posture, restores vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.” – Joseph Pilates
Pilates will …
– Restore muscular balance
– Build strength and flexibility
– Increase coordination
– Emphasize and improve body alignment and posture
– Help with low back, shoulder, hip, neck pain and sciatica
What is the Pilates Method?
The Pilates Method, developed by the legendary Joseph Pilates, is a sequence of more than 500 exercises performed on a mat and/or on specific exercise apparatus with the resistance of springs for strength and added support. It uses the abdomen, lower back and buttocks – the “powerhouse” – to support the entire body through this series of movements. Close attention to detail, sequence, alignment and control of each movement is emphasized and supervised by a certified instructor. Movements are done supine, supported by gravity, moving to unsupported positions and planes of gravity to challenge posture and alignment.
Unlike other exercise programs that isolate muscles, Pilates movement patterns work muscle groups with coordinated effort through their full range of motion as a total body conditioning. Most of the exercises are done in a low weight-bearing position, so there is little or no impact on the joints. Rather than adding more resistance or doing more repetitions, single movement patterns are made more complex as the client gains strength and control. This workout program leaves a person feeling energized and focused.
Private Sessions: Clients work one-on-one with a certified instructor utilizing the entire Pilates system to customize and focus on their individual needs. In specific cases, the instructor can modify exercises for an injury, chronic pain or other requirements. Private sessions prepare clients for semi-privates and group equipment classes and can also be used periodically for refinement as clients seek the next level in their Pilates practice. All private session are made by appointment.
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Semi-Private Sessions: 2-4 clients work with one certified instructor using the entire Pilates system, while still receiving individual attention for their specific needs. This is an energized session moving with more flow through the exercises. Clients need to be familiar with the apparatus in the system for a semi-private session. All semiprivate session are made by appointment.
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