What Is Pilates

Pilates is a dynamic form of exercise focusing on pelvic and spinal stability to achieve better posture, core strength, flexibility and a calm mind.  Originally developed as a rehabilitative form of conditioning, it is extremely adaptable, thus suitable for everybody at any level of fitness. 

Benefits

The overall Pilates outcome is a thinking body, one more comfortable to ‘live in’. A body that is:

  • MORE RESILIENT
  • HAS BETTER BALANCE
  • RESISTANT TO INJURY
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You Can Expect

  • RELIEF FROM CHRONIC ACHES AND PAINS
  • BETTER POSTURE
  • IMPROVED FLEXIBILITY & RANGE OF MOTION
  • INCREASED OVERALL STRENGTH
  • BETTER BALANCE
  • RESTORED ALIGNMENT
  • JOINT RELEASE & EASE OF MOVEMENT
  • HEIGHTENED BODY AWARENESS
  • IMPROVED FOCUS & SLEEP

History of Mr. Pilates

The Pilates method was developed by Joseph H. Pilates in the 1920s as a rehabilitative form of movement and conditioning. He called it 'Contrology,' believing that mental and physical health are interrelated.

As a child, Joseph was infected with rheumatic fever and wasn't expected to live beyond six or seven years old. Influenced by an athletic father and health conscious mother, and he eventually overcame his illness with constant physical activity. His interest in rehabilitation began when his mother became lame. He helped her gain strength by manually exercising her muscles so that she became independent of crutches.  He began studying more about the human body and varied forms of exercise including yoga, martial arts, Greek and Roman calisthenics. He brought together the best of each discipline to develop his own technique.  He called it Contrology, naming six principles: centering, control, flow, breath, precision and concentration for optimal mind/body balance of flexibility, strength, posture and stability.

He further developed his method during World War I when Joe was stationed in England as a civilian nurse. He observed that his bedridden patients were getting progressively weaker so he began to exercise each of the manually. Over time, this physical demand prompted him to hook up springs to the hospital beds so that the patients could exercise themselves. Two springs each were attached to the head and foot of the bed so that even paraplegics or amputees could still exercise independently. Although his counterparts thought he was insane, his patients were getting well and not suffering from pneumonia or Spanish influenza like other bed-ridden patients. This innovation was the catalyst for the development of the Universal Reformer exercise apparatus. After his patients were discharged form the hospital, he began building equipment for them to maintain their shape and health. Equipment was later developed and built for "healthy" people. After the war, Joseph returned to Germany where he continued to develop his work.

By 1926, Joseph Pilates had moved to the United States where he opened up his own physical fitness studio. His work initially attracted prominent members of both the modern and classical dance communities as part of their training repertoire for overall body conditioning, rehabilitative therapy and injury prevention. 


Q&A

Do I have to be ‘in shape’ to do Pilates?

Nope. Touching your toes is not a pre-requisite for Pilates.  It's an exceptionally adaptable form of exercise making it suitable for most everybody, at any level of fitness. We love working with beginners and seasoned athletes alike.  As with any new exercise regimen, consult your physician beforehand. 

What should I wear and bring to a Pilates class?

Pilates is practiced in socks or barefoot in our Studio. Wear something comfortable to move in.  Most clients prefer to dress in layers on top and pants/leggings.   We provide all equipment necessary for class. Bring a sealable water bottle if you'd like. 

How often should I do Pilates?

Pilates is safe to do everyday.  We see the best results from clients who do a combination of mat & equipment work an average of 3 or more sessions per week. It’s valuable cross-training for all other activities in life, from walking your dog to running a 50k. We encourage you to maintain your regular fitness activities when adding Pilates into your routine. 

When will I see results?

Pilates is a process. 'In 10 sessions you'll feel the difference, in 20 you'll see the difference and in 30 sessions...you'll have a different body'. Every body consistently improves and physically and mentally in every session.  Our testimonial page is a great place to hear about other client's results and experiences. We see the best results from clients who do a combination of mat & reformer work an average of 3x per week.

I’m pregnant. Can I start doing Pilates?

Pilates is a wonderful way to improve physical strength and stability for moms-to-be.  It's also an amazing aid in understanding the massive changes your body goes through in a short amount of time.  If you are new to Pilates, and your physician approves, we are happy to work with you in a private or duo session.  The First Five package is the best way for mamas-to-be to begin.

Not sure where to begin? Call the studio with any questions. 385.321.0190