What is Pilates?
Pilates is a method of movement which focuses on strengthening the body in a balanced way. Developed by Joseph Pilates as a way of healing his own body, the Pilates Method emphasizes breath, alignment, and core stability as a means to increased body awareness, strength, flexibility, and healthy movement. Pilates is a terrific way to get in shape while developing a profound relationship with your body.
Who can do Pilates?
Everyone! The Pilates Method has an extraordinary and limitless capacity for adjusting to the needs of every single body. The Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair and Barrel – the four large apparatuses invented by Joseph Pilates – provide assistance, challenge and creativity in movement. Props like balls, rollers, rings (just to name a few) lend comfort and support while delivering proprioceptive feedback. The Mat offers exercises ranging from very simple to exceptionally challenging, in which one uses nothing but the body and the floor.
What style of Pilates do you teach?
There are currently two general styles of teaching: Classical and Contemporary. Classical Pilates teachers tend to adhere very closely to the form and order of exercises that Joseph Pilates taught. I teach in the Contemporary style, which is more flexible in how exercises are taught and takes into account what we’ve learned about biomechanics since Pilates developed his method. Above anything, I teach to the body in front of me, addressing the specific needs and preferences of each client.
Can Pilates help me lose weight?
Pilates is an excellent tool on the path to weight loss and health in general. With regular practice you will build muscle, become more flexible, and move with more control and ease. These benefits, rewards in and of themselves, will also help you prevent injury in other forms of exercise like strength training and cardiovascular work.
Pilates, for me, is first and foremost a way in to the body. It invites us to connect our presence and breath with movement, in a way that can catalyze real and profound change in our bodies. Committing to a Pilates practice creates an inner support system: we physically strengthen muscles that support our posture and our joints; we also cultivate and nurture a relationship with our bodies in which we can be present, resilient, and compassionate.
As Joseph Pilates wrote, “PATIENCE and PERSISTENCE are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor.” I do not approach Pilates as a quick fix, although results can be seen and felt fairly quickly. I look at Pilates as a practice that will help my clients reach their current goals and then keep them moving and doing the things they want to be doing for as long as they want to be doing them.