What is Pilates?

What is Pilates?

Developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century, Pilates is a system of exercise that offers a full and complete workout for the entire body. Pilates instruction focuses on basic principles of breathing, centering, control, concentration, precision, and flow. Rather than exercising just the primary muscle groups, Pilates exercises all muscles, including weaker and less used muscles. As a result of this whole body focus, practicing Pilates on a regular basis will improve strength, flexibility, balance, posture, and ease of movement.  These benefits are available to participants regardless of age or gender.

Mandy on the reformer

What is a Reformer?

Reformers are by far the most popular piece of Pilates equipment.  The unique spring resistance of the machine helps generate smooth muscular contractions that develop strength with out bulk.  These muscles are less prone to injury.  With its springs and ropes, a reformer provides both resistance and assistance to exercises.  This expands the variety of exercises you can do and allows them to be easier or more difficult, depending on your needs.

 

What is 360 Barre Sculpt & Tone?

360 Barre is an exercise class that combines the principals of ballet and Pilates to provide a challenging, whole body workout. Many of the exercises use isotonic movements, which are small, precise, pulsing movements that work the muscles to fatigue and build strength. Because the movements are small and controlled, the joints are protected. These exercises are followed by gentle, yet deep, stretching exercises that increase flexibility. The balanced approach of exercises that strengthen and stretch the muscles creates the long firm muscles that are characteristic of dancers.