what is pilates?

a gentle, non-aerobic exercise method, which lengthens and strengthens the muscles, and improves posture, without stressing the joints or the heart.
whereas most forms of exercise build the body’s stronger muscles, pilates exercises work as much or more to strengthen the weaker ones too. the result is a properly balanced body, with better joint mobility, a firm musculature and good, natural posture.

pilates principles

1. centering: bringing the focus to the center of the body, the powerhouse area between the lower ribs and pubic bone.
2. concentration: conscious control of movement enhances body awareness
3. control: every pilates exercise is done with complete muscular control. you’ll achieve the best results by practicing proper form; movement controlled by continuous awareness.
4. breath: most pilates exercises coordinate with the breath, and using the breath properly is an integral part of pilates exercise. deep, coordinated breathing helps activate deep muscles and keeps you focused.
5. flow: pilates exercise is done in a flowing manner. fluidity, grace, and ease are goals applied to all exercises.

what are the benefits of pilates?

– increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the ‘core muscles’ of your body)
– improved posture
– tone and build long, lean muscles
– balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body
– relief from back pain and joint stress
– a stronger, healthier back
– challenge deep abdominal muscles to support the core
– a flatter stomach
– engage the mind and enhance body awareness
– condition efficient patterns of movement making the body less prone to injury
– reduce stress, relieve tension, boost energy through deep stretching
– restore postural alignment
– promote recovery from strain or injury
– increase joint range of motion
– improved circulation
– enhance mobility, agility and stamina
– improve the way your body looks and feels

how often should i do pilates?

try to work out 2-4 times a week, taking a day off in between sessions to rest or enjoy some kind of cardiovascular activity (walking, bicycling, swimming). we highly recommend combining pilates with hot yoga classes. you should start seeing and feeling results in about 10 sessions.