What is Pilates ?
Pilates is a system of exercises designed by Joseph Pilates that work to correct any imbalances with your muscles so they can be structured on the skeleton the way they are meant to be. It is the perfect combination of strength, stretch and control.
The release of tension combined with strength building creates efficient movement within the body increasing range of motion, decreasing pain.
What are the Benefits of Pilates?
The benefits are many:
● Increased lung capacity through lateral breathing
● Better awareness and use of core
● Increased strength and flexibility
● Oxygenation of cells leads to repair of tissues and better health
● Improved alignment and posture
How often should I do Pilates ?
“Not only is health a normal condition, but it is our duty to not only to attain it but to maintain it.” Joseph Pilates
Ideally Pilates is to become part of your daily routine even if only a 10 minute stretch regime. This is where home practice is desirable for many people’s demanding schedules. It is ongoing maintenance for your body. Pilates is a full body workout when each exercise is executed with the correct technique. We focus on quality of the movement, not the quantity.
“Concentrate on the correct movement each time you exercise, lest you do them improperly and thus lose all vital benefits.” Joseph Pilates
How is Pilates different from other forms of exercise ?
The precision in how you work is the number one difference in Pilates. The mind-body connection is the link to learning to activate and work your deep stabilizing muscles for alignment and supporting the bones and joints correctly, creating new muscular patterns, not just relying on your existing patterns.
What is the best way to get started in Pilates ?
We recommend starting either with at least one private which provides an easier transition to a group Mat Class or a Beginners Class. This way, you have a deeper understanding of what we are asking for once you are in a group setting. A Beginners group class is an ideal environment to learn the Pilates principles and fundamentals.
1:1 Private classes also gives us a chance to focus on what your body needs, teaching you of any imbalances or patterns that are not feeding your body well and may be contributing to causing pain.
Can I do Pilates if I have an injury ?
Always check with your specialist first but generally yes as long as you are not in acute pain, Pilates is great as a rehabilitative tool. We work with you at a pace that is suitable to help release or strengthen muscles around the problem area. This is only available in a 1:1 Private class.
Should I do mat work or apparatus work?
Pilates is built as a system of exercises where each piece of apparatus (mat, reformer, Cadillac, chair, etc.) feeds and supports the body in a different way helping you to make new connections thus making a change within your body. What you have a difficulty finding on one apparatus may be easier to find on a different apparatus.
Mat and apparatus both work with the force of gravity with the apparatus offering more assistance with springs.
What are the machines in Pilates?
We refer to the Pilates equipment as apparatus, not machines. Your body must move the equipment, not the equipment moving you. It is this approach that creates a deeper level of work within the body generating heat for the body.
What should I bring/wear?
We ask pariticipants to bring a water bottle and to wear comfortable, loose clothing. We also ask clients to wear socks in class for hygienic reasons.
Who can do Pilates?
Anybody can do Pilates regardless of age or level of fitness. In a mat class, participants are required to get up and down off their mat.