What is Pilates?
Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by German-born Joseph Pilates. The method emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient, graceful movement.
Pilates is adaptable in order to keep all exercises safe yet challenging. Pilates was designed to work with the deepest muscles in the body creating a strong core not necessarily with soreness that is often associated with conventional exercise.
What will Pilates do for you?
- Improve posture and prevent injuries
- Strengthen abdominals; develop lean muscles
- Integrate body and mind for relaxation, concentration and focus
- Improve your sport… golf, tennis, horseback riding, running, gymnastics, cheerleading, ballet
- Recover from past injuries
- Maximize your breathing capacity to improve circulation
- Energize and refresh
- Coupled with a sensible diet and cardio, you may lose weight and inches
Pilates for every age and fitness level
The Pilates Method is designed for everyone from dancers to professional athletes and because of Pilates foundation in rehab, it is particularly appropriate for those experiencing conditions brought on by maturity. Sessions may rehabilitate injuries, elongate and slim the body, and ease tension brought on by other high impact exercise. Pilates will benefit everyone from teens to elderly men and women.
Pilates during pregnancy
Miraculous changes happen to your body in each trimester of your pregnancy —but each phase presents new challenges, too. A custom Pilates workout plan will help you stay fit and feel comfortable at every stage of your baby’s growth.
Your tummy and pelvic floor muscles are put under increasing strain as your baby grows bigger. During pregnancy your tummy muscles are stretched over your growing baby, and if they are weak, you may develop back or pelvic pain. Your weakened pelvic floor muscles may become less supportive of your bowel, bladder and uterus, and move lower down into your pelvis under your baby's weight. Because Pilates targets the tummy, back and pelvic floor muscles without straining other joints, the exercises can work well for you during pregnancy.
Pilates exercises use the deepest layer of your abdominal muscles, which are necessary for stabilizing your back and pelvis. Many Pilates exercises are performed on your hands and knees, which is an ideal position for pregnancy. Adopting this position can take some of the strain off your back and pelvis.
Progressive Pilates Postnatal program is designed specifically for new as well as not-so-new moms. You’ll trim your waist and firm up all of your soft spots whether you’re 4 weeks, 6 months or 2+ years post-partum. Postnatal Pilates is designed to help you strengthen your pelvic floor, abdominal and deep postural muscles, and to help you regain your pre-pregnancy fitness and energy. Specific emphasis is placed on improving body mechanics, proper posture and lifting techniques so you can return to your little one refreshed and recharged.