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Our Mascot, Miles.

“Contrology (Pilates) develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.”
-Joseph Pilates

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a body strengthening method created by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century, originally known as Contrology. The program focuses on core postural muscles which support the spine while at the same time working on muscular balance. Pilates is a unique system involving only a few repetitions effective by use of proper muscle coordination in its execution. The pilates method includes over 500 exercises ranging in difficulty from beginner to advance levels and incorporates use of specifically designed equipment.

Who should do Pilates?

Pilates is helpful for all individuals at all levels of physical fitness because it promotes proper muscle balance leading to an increase in flexibility and strength. Pilates’ main focus is on the core (the abs, back muscles, and rear) which provide stability for all walks of life – whether you need help sitting up tall in an office setting, or whether you are a ballet dance that needs to stay lifted in an arabesque, or whether you are a new parent that can use a little extra strength for carrying your toddler – Pilates can help! A certified Pilates instructor can put together an individual workout that suits your needs, challenges you and promotes continuous improvement.

What if I’m injured or have an old injury?

If you have an acute injury then you should consult a medical professional. If you are recovering from an injury and have been released from your doctor or physical therapist then Pilates can be helpful. Pilates has been shown to provide many individuals with relief from chronic back pain, shoulder pain, TMJ, and many other ailments. If you are injured you should notify your instructor so that a plan can be created to work towards strength, muscle balance and movement re-education.

What should I bring to my first session?

You should dress in comfortable workout clothes that you can move in (i.e. sweats, yoga pants). Usually we practice Pilates barefoot or wearing grippy socks (like Toesox--we carry them at the studio!) Regular socks can be slippery on the equipment. If you wear orthotics you should bring those as well. If you have recently have been released by a physical therapist, you should bring any exercise plans that you are currently working on. Besides that all you need is an open mind and joyful spirit!

What are the benefits of doing Pilates?

Pilates dramatically transforms the way your body looks, feels, and performs. It increases endurance, balance, strength, breathing capacity and flexibility. The goal of Pilates is to create a balanced body that is agile and structurally sound, with a focus on the “powerhouse” or core – the strengthening and stabilization of the spine, abdominals, and pelvis. Pilates exercises train several muscle groups at once, in smooth, continuous movements. By developing proper technique, Pilates retrains the entire body to work more efficiently, helping you to enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease and less chance of injury.

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