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Everything you ever wanted to know about Pilates but were afraid to ask

If you've never done Pilates before, you might not know what to expect.  Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.  If you have a question that's not answered here, please contact us so we can give you the information you need.


What will Pilates do for me?

Originally called "Contrology" when it was developed by Joseph Pilates, Pilates is a full body, mind-body-spirit movement system. It will strengthen, balance, and tone your entire body while calming and focusing your mind.  The guiding principles of Pilates are Concentration, Control, Centering, Breathing, Precision, and Flowing Movement.  The benefits of a regular Pilates practice are numerous and include increased strength & flexibility (particularly of the abdominal and back muscles), improved posture, coordination & balance, and positive body awareness.  And you may just find that you actually become taller through regular practice!


What should I wear?


Wear comfortable, form-fitting clothes that allow you to move without restriction, and that allow your instructor to see how your muscles are engaging.  Shoes are not required.  Some clients prefer to wear yoga socks or other socks with grippers to prevent slipping, while others work barefoot.


I have an injury or physical limitation.  Can I still do Pilates?

Pilates is an excellent exercise method for people recovering from joint or muscle injuries or limitations.  Our instructors are trained on how to work with various conditions and modify exercises appropriately.  Clients with injuries or other physical concerns should choose private sessions rather than participate in group classes. Always let your instructor know if you have any health or physical concerns prior to exercising.  In some cases, a release from your doctor may be required.


I'm an athlete.  Why do I need Pilates?


Athletes perform specific training for their sport, whether it be running, tennis, swimming, golf, cycling, basketball, baseball, soccer, etc.  Sports emphasize particular muscles and repetitive movements, such as swinging a golf club or tennis racket, many of which are done only in one direction.  Runners often have tight hamstrings, rounded upper backs and forward head posture.  Pilates is an excellent cross-training method for any athlete to balance the body, improve flexibility, and prevent injuries.


What's with all the equipment?  It looks kind of intimidating!


The original exercise system developed by Joseph Pilates was what we know today as the mat work.  He then developed unique equipment to rehabilitate patients in a WWI internment camp utilizing springs from hospital beds to create resistance and allow movement for the bedridden.  Today the springs and straps of the Reformer, Cadillac, Tower, and Chair provide resistance, feedback, and support to help Pilates students of all abilities progress.


Where can I find more information about Pilates?

As the popularity of Pilates increases, there is more and more information available.  Here are a couple of fun ones:


An Animated History of Pilates on Youtube

EasyVigour Pilates Information

8 Tips for your First Studio Class

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