WHAT IS PILATES?

Pilates is a system of over 500 controlled exercises that engage the mind and condition the total body.  It is a balanced blend of strength and flexibility training that improves posture, reduces stress and creates long, lean muscles without bulking up.  Pilates works several muscle groups simultaneously through smooth, continuous motion, with a particular concentration on strengthening and stabilizing the core (the abdomen, back and pelvic girdle region, sometimes referred as “the powerhouse”).  The focus is on quality of movement rather than quantity, which makes one feel invigorated rather than exhausted after a session.  Pilates takes a balanced approach so that no muscle group is over worked and the body works as an efficient, holistic system in sport and daily activity. Pilates exercises can be performed on a mat or on specialized equipment, such as the Reformer, Vertical Frame or Stability Chair.

Once you begin working the Pilates system you will notice the many benefits of this unique movement program.   Virtually all ages , fitness levels and body conditioning can benefit from Pilates.  We recommend 2-3 sessions per week to get the full benefit from this amazing exercise system, and with regular committed Pilates workouts you can expect to:

*Improve strength, flexibility and balance

*Tone and build long, lean muscles

* Challenge deep abdominal muscles to support the core

* 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

* Create a stronger more flexible spine

* Increase joint range of motion

* Heighten coordination

* Enhance mobility, agility and stamina

* Compliment sports training and develop functional fitness for daily life activity

* Improve the way your body looks and feels

“In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 you’ll see the difference, and in 30 you’ll have a new body.”

Joseph Pilates

CLASSES:

ESSENTIAL MAT:  Learn and practice the 5 basic principles of all Pilates movements, which are the basis of each exercise.  Begin to connect to your deep stabilizing muscles to build a stronger core, increase flexibility of joints and help regain total body alignment.   The Essential Repertoire, consisting of 31 exercises, will be explored, with each of the movements being modified for anyone who requires less or more of a challenge.  When learning and perfecting the Essential movements, you are setting the building blocks for the next step—-the Intermediate workout.  Small props may be used to help enhance mindfulness and ensure focus and control.

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MAT PILATES WITH PROPS:  Add variety and challenge to the original mat Pilates Repertoire.  Introducing props, such as fit balls, hand weights, fitness circles and arc barrels, to a workout will provide an additional resistance to challenge stability, coordination and stamina, thus, enhancing your skill level.  As with every Pilates session the focus is on body awareness and proper alignment so that each movement is safe and effective.

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TRX/MAT PILATES:  TRX and Mat Pilates are both based on full body conditioning.  TRX is a suspension fitness program that uses your own body weight as resistance and bases each movement from the plank.  Mat Pilates also uses the body as resistance by contracting and lengthening opposing muscles.  Both disciplines works the core with each movement, so pairing these 2 methods together provides a challenging core workout, while developing balance, stability and endurance.  Shoulder stability is also key to most movements, so upper body is working just as hard.  Please let the instructor know of any shoulder instabilities you may have.   Pilates basic principles knowledge required.

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**ALL NEW STUDENTS, REGARDLESS OF FITNESS LEVEL, MUST COMPLETE ONE PRIVATE SESSION BEFORE JOINING A GROUP REFORMER OR EQUIPMENT BASED PILATES (EBP) CLASS.

ESSENTIAL GROUP REFORMER

Learn the 5 basic principles of Pilates and the Essential reformer repertoire while beginning to practice the mind/body connection through movement. Being present during the exercises begins a journey of perfecting movement through appropriate muscle engagement. Each exercise has a focus and with instructor cueing, can be performed effectively. The Essential Level teaches the student to understand the importance of core engagement in all movements. This understanding, in turn, translates easily into daily activities.

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INTERMEDIATE GROUP EBP:

This faster paced class is designed to challenge the experienced Pilates student while deepening their understanding of the Pilates repertoire. New and more challenging movements will be introduced to further build and enhance flexibility, control, precision and strength. Learn to deepen your core activation to perform exercises in all planes of movement while takingcontrol, coordination and balance to the next level. Regressions and progressions of all movements are available to help each student get the most of every class.

60+ RESTORATIVE EBP

A slower-paced EBP class for the mature client looking to increase strength, flexibility, coordination and balance. Learn to move with intent by initiating each movement from your core, which will help with joint stability and balanced muscle recruitment. Understanding how to correctly execute the exercises will provide the student with movement knowledge to use in daily activities.

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MULTI-LEVEL EBP

Essential to the most experienced Pilates student can join in this class. All exercises will have regressions for those just beginning to explore Pilates and progressions to challenge those familiar with the repertoire. The pace will be faster than Essential classes which will require concentration on form, precision and stability. As with all classes, the 5 basic principles will be reviewed and practiced through all movements. This integrated class provides multiple opportunities to grow and strengthen your practice.

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PRIVATE, DUET AND PRIVATE GROUP

Private instruction to help each student achieve their fitness and health goals through mindful movement. Programming is designed for the individual to address muscle imbalances while providing appropriate exercises to achieve those goals, whether it is to compliment sports training or to develop fitness for daily activity. Individualized attention means working at the pace and level that works for the client while still providing the challenge to increase strength and stamina.

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