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This is an exercise modality that is focused on building strength without bulk, improving flexibility and agility, and helping to prevent injury. It was developed in the 1920s by Joseph H. Pilates, who was a physical trainer and founder of The New York Pilates Studio®. It involves a series of controlled movements that engage both your body and mind. Pilates utilizes specifically designed exercise apparatus.

It was initially created for rehabilitation, but was later adopted by dancers and athletes and is now utilized by millions. A beginner session consists of very gentle exercises done on a mat or reformer in either a sitting or lying down position. The primary focus is on awareness of the spine (neutral, supported and dynamic), increased body awareness (kinesthetic awareness), proper breathing, and core strength (abdominals, lower back and the ALL the muscles involved in supporting the spine and pelvis and finally increased flexibility and functioning.

When committed to a long term Pilates exercise program you can expect some if not all of the following:

  • Improve strength, flexibility and balance
  • Restore postural alignment
  • Challenge core muscles ( deep abdominal and deep spinal muscles)
  • Reduce stress & relieve tension
  • Boost energy
  • Enhance body awareness ( kinesthetic awareness)
  • Create a stronger, more flexible spine
  • Make the body less prone to injury
  • Promote recovery from strain or injury
  • Increase joint range of motion
  • Improve circulation
  • Relief from back pain and joint stress
  • Compliment sports training
  • Develop functional fitness for daily life activity