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What is Pilates?

Pilates is a system of repetitive exercises performed on a yoga mat or other equipment to promote strength, stability, and flexibility. Pilates exercises develop the body through muscular effort that stems from the core. The technique cultivates awareness of the body to support everyday movements that are efficient and graceful.

Pilates advocates tout the core-strengthening benefits of the method to improve posture and balance. Pilates targets the “powerhouse” muscles, which include the glute muscles, hips, pelvic floor, and lower back. Similar to yoga, the Pilates Method encourages deep, conscious breathing. Pilates is widely used in rehabilitation settings but is also beneficial to fitness advocates and elite athletes alike.

Trunk stability through core engagement is the most important aspect of Pilates training since it dictates how the body moves, not just in the studio or gym but in daily life. For Joseph Pilates, creator of the Pilates method of exercise, the goal was to create a method that would allow the body to move with grace, ease, and efficiency. Such a body has to be both strong and flexible, and it has certain qualities of movement, such as being centered and balanced; fluid yet controlled. These qualities, or Pilates principles, are applied in every Pilates exercise. By practicing functional movement patterns, muscles are developed evenly, appearing long and lean. Achieving strength without bulk draws many people to Pilates.

Deep breathing is also fundamental to Pilates. This means exhaling fully with every exhale to empty the lungs of stale air and invite fresh oxygen to flow in. Improved breathing and circulation allow the body to function optimally from the inside out.

If you’re wondering whether Pilates is right for you, consider what it is you’re aiming to achieve. With Pilates, you will get stronger, improve your balance, and increase your awareness of your body and how it moves.  Strengthening your core while developing whole-body strength could improve your performance in another sport, decrease low back pain, improve efficiency in everyday activities, increase your balance, and more.

Learn more about the Pilates classes we currently offer and register in advance here. Men, women and mature teens of all ability levels are welcome. Dress comfortably, and plan to remove your shoes. All equipment is provided. For your safety, we do require one private intro session or attendance at a Pilates beginners workshop to attend an Equipment Based Pilates class. From there, our providers will be able to suggest which classes may be the best fit for you. For assistance with scheduling, please call our front desk at 563-207-8932.

~Statera Pilates Team

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