What is Pilates?
It is a series of controlled movements engaging body and mind, performed on specifically designed apparatus or on mats and supervised by extensively trained teachers.
Pilates is both a physical and mental conditioning exercise program. It was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s. Over the years, keeping true to its creator but adding the knowledge and research that science has brought to Pilates over the years. Many therapists are now incorporating the Pilates approach into clients programs. It incorporates the flexibility aspects of Yoga along with the spine articulation with elements of resistance training. It is a unique combination of exercise that targets a wide range of muscles at the same time. Its main goal being to awake body awareness from inside out and strengthen the body’s core muscles. The body is then able to learn effective and balanced movement patterns in turn improving postural alignment, longevity and physical strength.
Who is Pilates for?
Anyone! Pilates can be modified to offer challenges to a wide range of people. From top athletes, to the elderly, to post or pre-natal women, all the way to people who are at various stages of rehabilitation. Pilates is helpful for back injuries, postural stresses, overuse syndrome, sports injuries, neck and shoulder dysfunction, lower limb problems and it is also great for cross-training. With thousands of possible exercises and modifications, Pilate workouts can be tailored to individual needs. Pilates is a way to keep moving for a lifetime.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
- CORE strengthening.
- Increase overall strength, tone, and flexibility.
- Injury prevention.
- Improved posture by isolating muscle imbalances.
- Mind/body connection- Joseph Pilates called this “Contrology”
- Adaptable for all fitness levels and wellness goals
- Stress reduction
- Proper diaphragmatic breathing techniques which decrease neck and shoulder tension.
What is a fully equipped studio? What is a trapeze table (Cadillac), reformer, chair and barrel?
A fully equipped studio has many of Joseph Pilates’ equipment. As in the Trapeze table, Chair, Barrel, and Reformers. An experienced teacher can use specific exercises to utilize spring assistance to aid a movement, or use resistance to strengthen muscles.
There are also many different props (foam rollers, stability balls, stability cushions, fitness circles, overballs, etc.) that can help increase work of particular muscle groups or to help teach the body its correct postural alignment.
Trapeze Table (Cadillac): Trapeze Table’s springs concentrates the power and effect of each assisted movement specifically in the area of the body the student needs to strengthen or retrain. The Trapeze Table’s upper canopy, springs, and straps provide for movement possibilities that enable you to engage in exercises ranging from the most gentle to the most extreme-depending upon your needs and abilities.
The Reformer is a piece of resistance exercise equipment designed by Joseph Pilates. It consists of a platform that moves back and forth along a carriage. Resistance is provided by the exerciser’s body weight and by springs attached to the carriage and platform.
Chair: The Chair delivers a unique and fun, full-body workout. This is the piece of equipment that puts your strength to the test!!
Barrel: It helps isolate deep postural muscles and challenges the body on all planes of movement. The exercises on the ladder barrel increase core strength and flexibility.
What is Iyengar Yoga?
Iyengar Yoga is a scientific, disciplined and deeply researched system developed over 60 years ago by B.K.S. Iyengar, recognized as being the father of classical Yoga as practiced in the East and West.
Emphasis is placed on physical aspects of the postures and the ability to develop a healthy body and mind. The system is becoming increasingly recognized and recommended by doctors, physiotherapists and other health practitioners for its remedial aspects.
There are three unique aspects of the Iyengar system by which it can be distinguished from other system of Yoga:
- Meticulous observation of the technical aspects of alignment and precision to maximize the therapeutic effects and natural health benefits of Yoga.
- Sequencing of asana to help to obtain a greater penetration and understanding and to make Yoga accessible to all level of skill.
- Precise timing to assist individuals in the gradual step-wise development of strength, mobility and balance allowing for individual growth and self development.
There is no competition in Yoga.
“Yoga is for everyone, you need not be an expert or at the peak of physical fitness to practice the asana”