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What is Pilates?

Pilates (pi-LAH-teez) is a form of body conditioning developed by Joseph H. Pilates in the early 20th century. The method encompasses more than 500 exercises that simultaneously stretch and strengthen muscles. Pilates is based on the principle that before working the peripheral parts of the body, the core needs to be strong and stable. In fact, stabilization is the first of six principles of Pilates, that also include control, concentration, flow, breath and precision.With these principles in mind, Pilates focuses primarily on the ‘Powerhouse,’ or deepest abdominal muscles, and works the rest of the body from this core connection. Through regular sessions on both the mat and specialized Pilates apparatuses, clients seek to develop an equal balance between abdominal and lower back musculature to improve strength, stretch, stamina and stability. Over time, this approach creates a strong foundation from which one can achieve new heights of physical fitness and control, as well as emotional well-being and balance. In this way, the Promise of Pilates can become your reality.The Promise of Pilates is intelligent, functional exercise for optimal, lifelong well-being. With a strong commitment and consistent practice two to three times a week, you may find Pilates to be the anti-aging ‘drug’ you’ve been looking for. If you open yourself to becoming a true student of the technique, the promise of Pilates can become your reality

The Pilates Body
  • The Four S’s – Strength, Stretch, Stamina & Stability
  • Improved posture and flexibility
  • A leaner, more toned body
  • Stronger, longer muscles without bulk
  • Abdominal muscles that draw in and up, rather than protrude
  • Greater energy and vigor
  • Better balance and coordination
  • Riddance of compensatory weaknesses that contribute to chronic injuries

The Pilates Mind
  • Enhanced self-awareness and self-confidence
  • An invigoration of mind and elevation of spirit
  • A feeling of being more ‘centered’
  • A sense of rejuvenation
  • Improved concentration and focus
  • Increased mind/body awareness and connection