What is Pilates?
taken from an article written by Maryann Ruby
Pilates has become one of the fastest growing exercise practices in the world. Named after its creator Joseph H. Pilates, this method of exercise is core specific training. It combines systematic strengthening and stretching the whole body while engaging the mind in relation to the body.
Pilates also involves stabilizing and mobilizing the spine. “You are as young as the flexibility of your spine”, was a Joseph Pilates adage. The Method works to strengthen the body without adding bulk, giving the muscles a long and lean look.
The Pilates Method of body conditioning can help heal injuries, improve alignment, concentration and breathing while increasing flexibility, strength, balance, muscle tone and energy. Because your mind is required to engage with your body to perform the movements, you experience a new awareness of muscle function and control.
Although mat work is fundamental in developing and understanding Pilates, it is only the first part of the training required to achieve the desired benefits of a toned Pilates body.
With the assistance of springs, exercises on the apparatus add resistance to your routine and correct muscular imbalances more than a mat routine has the ability to do. It allows clients to achieve their fitness goals faster and prepare for more advanced exercises.
Every apparatus in our Pilates studio was built to the original specifications of the equipment Joseph Pilates used in his New York studio.
Each piece of equipment has numerous exercises with varying degrees of resistance designed to maximize strength and flexibility for every body. No two workouts should ever be experienced in the same way.
Pilates emphasizes the quality of exercise rather than quantity. This principle supports the importance Pilates places on form and body awareness. Thus, anyone - even an individual in his/her sixties or seventies - can achieve the right combination of flexibility, strength, and balance in order to feel young and vital!
In some respects Pilates conditioning is like yoga. Both are considered mind-body methods of movement; both emphasize deep breathing and smooth, long movements that encourage your muscles to relax and lengthen.
The difference is that while yoga requires moving from one static posture to the next without repetitions, Pilates flows through a series of movements that are more dynamic, systematic and functionally based.
Do I need to have experience or to already be in shape?
There is no experience needed, nor fitness background necessary. Pilates is for everyone. If you have a recent injury or an acute medical condition, we do ask that you bring a note from your doctor giving you permission to workout.
How long is a workout?
If you are coming to Milford Pilates for a class or lesson, please plan to be with us for one hour.
How do I know where to start?
We highly recommend all our clients begin with the introduction package: 3 private lessons. The instructors need an opportunity to get to know you and how you move. You, as a new client, need a few workouts to learn some basic movements and vocabulary to get comfortable. After you’ve completed your introductory package, you may decide or discuss with your instructor whether you would like to continue with lessons or join Mat, Tower or Apparatus classes.
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