What is Pilates?

What Is Pilates?

Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates, from Mönchengladbach, Germany. His father was a gymnast and his mother a naturopath.

During the first half of the twentieth century, he developed a system of exercises which were intended to strengthen the human mind and body. Pilates believed that mental and physical health were interrelated.

In his book Return to Life through Contrology, Joseph Pilates presents his method as the art of controlled movements, which should look and feel like a workout (not a therapy) when properly manifested. If practiced with consistency, Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body.It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance. The core, consisting of the muscles of the abdomen, low back, and hips, is often called the "powerhouse" and is thought to be the key to a person's stability. Pilates' system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginner to advanced or to any other level, and also in terms of the instructor and practitioner's specific goals and/or limitations. Intensity can be increased over time as the body adapts itself to the exercises.

A Total Body Conditioning Program

Everyone can benefit from doing Pilates. Concentration and commitment to doing your best is all that is required. Unlike any other exercise system, doing Pilates develops long, lean muscles and a strong center, the essential ingredients to maintaining good posture and balanced alignment. Even after one lesson, many find they sit and stand taller, move more gracefully, and are eager to experience more.


Where to start?

We suggest you begin Pilates by taking 3 private lessons. In these early lessons, we will modify and adjust the exercises to your own body and teach you to correct for any postural problems, previous injuries, or current limitations you may have. While learning Pilates exercises, you will “find” and properly activate the body’s core muscles particularly the four layers of abdominals and the muscles of the spine. You will be asked to engage your mind to perform both deep and percussive breathing. By developing proper technique and awareness, you will actually be retraining your body to move in safer, more efficient movement patterns. Once that is achieved, you will progress into the more unique and exciting exercises. You may even find yourself in positions and stretches doing things you never thought possible. All new clients qualify for our special Introductory Package - 3 classes for just $99.  Within those 3 classes you will learn excercises on both the floor and all equipment as well as tips for home practice.  Once you have completed you first 3 classes you may continue working one on one with the teacher or ask to be placed in a group class that is appropriate to your ability. Contact us at 801-647-9484 or tiffany@poiseandstrength.com to schedule your 3 private sessions.
Please arrive 5 minutes early to your first class to fill out some paper work.




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