Pilates technique was developed in the early years of the 20th century by a German man named Joseph Pilates who was determined to overcome his own physical disabilities and become a fit and healthy individual. The technique consists of a series of controlled, flowing movements that will not only improve your shape, but will also promote flexibility, remedy any postural problems by realigning your body structure to its natural balance and allow internal organs to function more efficiently. The main aim of the exercises is to promote stability in the “core” or center of the body—the area around your middle; abdominals—where the muscles that support the spine are located. Also, the shoulder girdle and the pelvis are strengthened and stabilized. The result is a toned, muscular, elongated, lean-looking body that functions efficiently and is less prone to injury.
Concentration: It is your mind that wills your body to work; therefore, pay attention to the movements you perform and how your muscles respond to attention.
Control: True muscle control means no sloppy or haphazard movements.
Centering: There is a large group of muscles making up our centers- our abdominals, low back, hips, and buttocks- they are termed the powerhouse in Pilates. All energy for the movements of Pilates initiates from the powerhouse and radiated to the extremities.
Precision: To leave out any detail of a specific movement is to lose the intrinsic value of the exercise. Therefore, choose to focus on doing a single precise and perfect movement over many half-hearted ones.
Breath: By employing full inhalations and full exhalations, you are expelling stale air and noxious gases from the depths of your lungs and replenishing your body with fresh air to energize and revitalize your system.
Fluidity: Dynamic, energetic movements replace the isolated and static or quick and jerky movements of other techniques. A focus on grace and economy of motion is emphasized over speed, and ultimately the movements should feel fluid as a long stride or a waltz.
Imagination: It is the body that follows the will of the mind; therefore, using verbal and visual metaphors to create perceived resistance will increase efficiency and results.
Intuition: Listen to your body! It does know best.
(Open to all): Through healthy breathing and focus on strength and flexibility, particularly of the abdomen and back muscles, you will enhance your posture, balance, and core strength.
(Open to all except new beginners): Create strong, lean, flexible muscles & a balanced mind, through the fusion of yoga and Pilates. Core strengthening is emphasized. Flowing movement provides cardio conditioning and produces heat to release tight muscles. Deep relaxation included.