Monday 9:00-10:00AM - Pilates Level 2
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Thursday 9:00-10:00AM - Pilates Level 1
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Friday 4:00-5:00PM - Pilates for Dancers
Friday 5:00-6:00PM - Pilates Level 1.5
Pilates 4 week Fundamentals Course $52.00
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What is Pilates?
Pilates is a system of exercises designed to increase strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and control. Pilates focuses on the deep stabilizing muscles of the torso, hips and shoulder girdle. The exercises emphasize joint stability and muscle balance to create a stronger and more flexible spine. Regular Pilates will help you move through your daily life with fluidity and ease. Pilates will also help you to perform better in any athletic activity such as golf, baseball, cycling and running. Utilizing the mat and equipment, each exercise is performed with few repetitions, emphasizing precision, flow and correct form. Controlling your muscles, by focusing your mind, enables you to experience a new awareness of muscle function and coordination. Pilates strengthens the body and calms the mind.
Is Pilates like Yoga?
In some respects Pilates is like Yoga. Both are considered mind-body methods of movement; both emphasize deep breathing and smooth, long movements that encourage the mind-body connection. the difference is that while Yoga requires moving from one static posture to the next, Pilates flows through a series of movements that are more dynamic, systematic and anatomically based, incorporating resistance equipment. The goal with STOTT PILATES exercise is to strengthen the postural muscles while achieving optimal functional fitness.
Can I do Pilates?
People of all ages and fitness levels can benefit from STOTT PILATES. Pilates is a specific exercise form that focuses on developing core strength, mobility, improved postural alignment, and coordination. It is non weight-bearing and very adaptable to various body types, limitations and injuries.
Is Pilates Difficult?
For most beginners, Pilates is challenging. All movements in Pilates originate from the core, the muscles of the abdomen, buttocks, pelvic floor, back and inner thighs. As this area becomes stronger, the movements of Pilates are more easily performed. Pilates is meant to be challenging, even for those who do it often. As strength builds, the movements are done with greater precision and speed.
What benefits will I see?
Improved posture. Heightened body awareness. Increased abdominal and back strength. Gain longer, leaner muscles. Help Prevent injury. Improved balance, coordination and circulation. A body that 'thinks' for itself.
What is a Pilates Reformer?
The reformer was invented by Pilates founder Joseph Pilates. It is a bed-like frame with a flat platform on it, called the carriage, which rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame. The carriage is attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs. The springs provide choices of differing levels of resistance as the carriage is pushed or pulled along the frame. The carriage has shoulder blocks on it that keep practitioners from sliding off the end of the reformer as they push or pull the carriage.
At the spring end of the reformer, there is an adjustable bar called a foot bar. The foot bar can be used by the feet or hands as a practitioner moves the carriage. The reformer also has long straps with handles on them that are attached to the top end of the frame. They can be pulled with legs or arms to move the carriage as well. Body weight and resistance of the springs are what make the carriage more or less difficult to move. Reformers parts are adjustable for differing body sizes and different different levels of skill.
How a Reformer is Used?
A wide variety of exercises are done on the reformer to promote length, strength, flexibility, and balance. Most Pilates reformer exercises have to do with pushing or pulling the carriage or holding the carriage steady during an exercise as it is pulled on by the springs.
One of the best things about the reformer is it's versatility. Exercises can be done lying down, sitting, standing, pulling the straps, pushing the foot bar, perched on the foot bar, perched on the shoulder blocks, with additional equipment, upside down, sideways, and all kinds of variations. In other words, the reformer can train many parts and dynamics of the body in many different ways with just one relatively sleek piece of equipment.
There ar emany, many reformer exercises, including those for beginners and those that challenge the most advanced practioners.
Benefits of Pilates Reformer Exercises
The reformer offers all the benefits of Pilates, including overall strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. These things, in turn, lead to daily life improvements, like better posture, graceful and efficient movement, and for many, relief from pain associated with physical imbalances such as back pain.
The Pilates powerhouse muscles--the muscles of the core-- are paramount for building strength. Flat abs, strong backs, toned buttocks, and firm thighs are all results of this emphasis. Other equipment and Pilates mat exercises do that too, but the reformer creates a unique and varied exercise environment.
The reformer is large enough to accommodate full-range motion, which is wonderful for increasing flexibility while building strength. It seems to invite the length you want to create in the body, and it trains the body to sustain that length.
Exercising with the reformer is possible for anyone, at any level of fitness. It is also a wonderful conditioning tool for dancers. In fact, many dance companies use reformers on which dancers work out.