Class is Wednesday evening, 5:45 -
6:45 PM and is a combination mat and hula hoops/ball class with 20 minutes of
stretching at the end. We encourage proper form and resting when necessary,
so even if you are currently not very strong, you can participate in our
For information about how to practice
Pilates, and ways to modify movements if you need to, please read: Pilates
is a system of movement and exercise created and developed by German-born
athlete and physical therapy pioneer, Joseph Hubertus Pilates. Utilizing
his specially designed equipment, this innovative method educates,
re-patterns, realigns, and balances your body. It promotes maximum muscle
strength while increasing flexibility, coordination and stamina.
Pilates also decompresses your joints and, consequently,
stimulates and improves circulation. This enhanced circulation, combined
with increased strength, range of motion, and a more balanced musculature,
promotes healthy tissue and precise, efficient movement patterns.
Pilates strengthens and stretches, frees you from poor
postural habits, helps heal back, neck and other joint problems, and
alleviates tension and fatigue. Doctors, physical therapists, dancers, and
athletes have long revered Pilates as a powerful healing and educational
physical training system.
The Pilates Method shapes bodies. It makes them fitter and
stronger and more attractive. It slims the muscles and makes them more
compact, developing sleekness rather than bulk. It turns the abdomen and
lower back and hips into a firm central support for a newly supple and
Pilates, whether practiced in classes on the mat or with a
trainer on the equipment, is considered a mind, body and spirit workout.
The smooth, almost dance-like motions and an emphasis on proper breathing
leave participants feelling refreshed and open. The exercises require
concentration, control, precision, specific breathing patterns and dynamic,
fluid movements. Deep abdominal muscles remain fully engaged during the
workout, while torso, arm and leg movements are performed against body or
Whether you are getting in shape, rehabilitating from an injury or chronic
pain, training for an athletic competition, improving your sports technique,
or just looking for an interesting, new physical challenge, the Pilates
Method is for you!
I can't put it any better than Mari
Winsor, developer of Winsor Pilates:
"The Pilates method of body
conditioning is different from other methods of body conditioning. Instead
of being mindless exercise, it is a very mindful activity. You must concentrate
on what you are doing. This intense physical concentration forms what is
know as a mind-body connection, very similar to what you experience when
practicing Yoga. With any movement or exercise, it is our brain that holds
us back, not our bodies; our bodies are capable of seemingly impossible feats
when we are faced with dire situation. It is our insecurities and thoughts
of limitation that truly control our physical limits and performance levels.
The mental aspect to this form of
exercise requires practice, but will soon come to you effortlessly and
consciously, and will have profound ramifications for you throughout your
personal life. When we can physically conquer the limitations of our
bodies, everything in our lives gets just a little bit easier. We become
more comfortable inside our own skin."
Pamela, your instructor, is a
certified Spencer Pilates instructor. For more information about her
background, see the Hatha Yoga page.