Pilates (pul-LAT-teez) is a method of exercise and physical movement created by Joseph H. Pilates in the early 1900s. Yet, the method can also be a novel approach to health when taught closer to how Joseph Pilates originally instructed. He created Contrology (his original name for the method) as a unique movement program for improving function in the entire body. Recognized as neuromotor training by the ACSM, Pilates can offer both health and fitness benefits. At Art and Science of Balance our focus is on the health benefits that can be gained from Pilates, especially fertile health.
the Pilates Method
In the early twentieth century, Joseph Pilates was conscious of how modern living interfered with optimal health. Today, an ever-increasing amount of research is demonstrating that he was right.
Driving in a car, sitting in front of a computer, and other daily routines create imbalances in our bodies. If left unaddressed, these imbalances can lead to discomfort, pain or injury, and in some cases disease.
Practiced regularly, Pilates addresses any imbalances in order to prevent and/or rehabilitate chronic or acute injuries, alleviate issues associated with scoliosis, arthritis, lower back pain, disc injuries, shoulder or knee pain, pelvic floor disorders, and many others.
While the strength gained in Pilates is certainly a reason to begin a regular practice, you will soon find that the health benefits extend beyond performance. My distinctive focus on alignment refines the Pilates method so that you will be truly improving your health from the inside and out. It is no surprise that Pilates enthusiasts look 10 years younger and achieve dramatic improvement in their balance, coordination, control, flexibility, stamina, and strength.
What to Expect From a Classical Pilates Session
In classical Pilates, attention is placed on efficiently moving within each exercise and between exercises. This will strengthen the muscles often neglected in typical fitness routines, get your heart pumping, and give you a glistening flush.
My sessions are often quick-paced, while not sacrificing form. Although I will challenge you to higher levels of difficulty, I assess each individual’s capabilities and tailor every session to prompt change within the body’s tissues.
You will walk out the door feeling light on your feet and satisfied that you have never worked out so hard—that is until your next session.