Pilates exercises use several muscle groups at once in smooth, continuous movements. By learning proper technique, you can actually teach your body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion.
Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low impact and partially weight bearing. Pilates is so safe, it is used in physical therapy facilities to rehabilitate injuries.
Pilates offers flexibility in movement. Modifications to the exercises create a range of difficulty from beginner to advanced. You learn the basics and then you learn to build on the basics as your balance and strength increase.
Stong core, strong back, strong body
Pilates exercises help develop a strong "powerhouse" or center of the body. The core envelops the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles that support the spine. Strengthening of the core is achieved by using the torso, pelvis and shoulder girdle.
Long muscles and flexibility
Traditional workouts are weight bearing and tend to build short, bulky muscles - the type most prone to injury. Pilates movement strive to elongate and strengthen thus working toward improved muscle elasticity and joint mobility.
Pilates is a full body conditioning program from head to toe. Your entire body is evenly balanced and strengthened while helping you enjoy more functional ability in daily life.
Rhythm & Breathing
Breathing is the deep, focused inhaling and exhaling that initiates motion within a specific exercise and has a specific rhythm attached to it.
Control & Concentration
Control and precision are directly related to a strong mind-body connection developed by proper breathing and concentration.
Centered & Balanced
We strive for all movement to begin in the center of the body and the goal of Pilates is to create an even and balanced functional body.
Relaxation & Whole Body Movement
The principle of relaxation is just one more of the wonderful benefits of learning to release unnecessary tension in our bodies helps us to find fluid and flowing movements and to take this to our daily life.