Where did Pilates originate?
The Pilates method of exercise was invented by Joseph H. Pilates in the 1920s and 30s. We also point you to this entertaining cartoon depiction of Joseph Pilates and his life work:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWkxhtfw0A8
What kind of results can I hope to see and how quickly?
The Pilates method aims to improve posture, muscle tone, balance and overall strength and flexibility. Most people feel a difference in their bodies within the first few sessions. You will find yourself standing straighter and may begin to feel a difference in abdominal strength within the first month. After this of course every body is different, but most of our clients say they feel and see a difference in their body within 6 weeks of starting Pilates. To hear more, please check out our video testimonials page.
How does Pilates help alleviate back pain?
While there are many different causes of back pain a large culprit is weak abdominal and spinal erector muscles. Pilates focuses on strengthening these core muscles to alleviate some of the daily stress that our lives put on our back. By learning to work on the deeper stability focused muscles, the Pilates method trains you to support your back in all of your movements providing relief from common aches and pains.
Who can benefit from Pilates?
We believe that anyone can benefit from Pilates. Pilates has been attributed to decreasing back pain, providing a safe post rehabilitative form of exercise, recovering the pelvic floor after childbirth and many other benefits. When you come in for your first session be sure to tell your instructor all of your goals and physical concerns. The more we know about what you are looking for the more we can tailor a program to suit your needs.
About our Classes:
What is the best way to get started in Pilates? We strongly recommend taking at least a few private Pilates sessions before getting started in classes. This will allow you to get the most out or your Pilates classes. We offer an Introdcutory Package that includes 5 one on one sessions and four classes, this is our most popular way to get started.
How many times a week do you recommend doing Pilates? We tend to recommend coming to Pilates twice a week, however, everyone's schedule and needs are different so we can work with you to figure out the best program for you.
What is Buff Bones Pilates? Our Buff Bones Pilates class is a trademark registered class suitable for people with osteoporosis and bone loss. Not only is it safe for people with bone loss, it also helps encourage bone strength through Pilates movements and strengthetning.
What is Gentle Pilates? Our Gentle Pilates classes are designed for people who have Pilates experience but also have physical limitations that may necessitate some extra help. These classes move slower to accomodate everyone's physical needs.