Pilates can be used to transform the way the body looks & feels. It can be individualized to help reach specific training and performance goals. It can also develop a mind-body awareness that many other traditional strength training methods don’t.
Pilates was developed from the rehabilitation techniques of Joseph Pilates and has been offering many benefits for nearly a century to individuals of all ages and conditions:
- builds strength and tone without excess bulk
- builds a strong core (the center of the body) and develops a flatter abdomen
- helps prevent injury and alleviates pain
- develops good posture
- develops flexibility, agility, and efficient movement patterning
If you’ve been injured or are seeking physical therapy for chronic neck and back pain, hip/knee replacements, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, scoliosis or other conditions, research is showing that Pilates can be an effective treatment. We have experienced success with all of these conditions and are happy to discuss your condition and treatments with your physical therapist, doctors, and chiropractors to assist in achieving the maximum benefits in your treatments.
Mat or equipment?
Pilates is most often performed on a mat or a Reformer. A Reformer is a resistance-based piece of equipment with a moving carriage that slides along a wooden or metal frame. Springs and ropes provide assistance and resistance, and exercises are performed lying down, sitting, kneeling or standing.
Many Pilates enthusiasts prefer working with the equipment (Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair), which offer more resistance and support than a mat. Others love mat workouts, which can offer alternative challenges to the equipment and can be more cost effective. A combination of the two are an option that allows you the benefits of both, maximizing the results more effectively.
There are many ways to experience Pilates.
Getting Started provides an overview of how to get started with your Pilates program.
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