“Change happens through movement and movement heals.” – Joseph Pilates
Joseph H. Pilates created the Pilates method around the time of World War I as a form of rehabilitation. He developed the method to help build flexibility, strength and stamina, teach awareness of breath, and create alignment of the spine. The Pilates repertoire focuses on strengthening the core muscles of the body, primarily the muscles of the abdomen, back, and hips, which are important stabilizers for the spine. It restores our bodies to a place of balance and alignment by strengthening our core, increasing flexibility, and improving our spinal mobility.
Pilates requires focus and awareness and ultimately helps us move efficiently and mindfully.
Because of the precise nature of Pilates exercises, through the work, we become more conscious of our posture and body and how we move, bringing awareness to our holding patterns and tensions. It helps us to learn to initiate movement from the core, and through the subtle yet powerful movements of the Pilates repertoire, we come to know our bodies in a more intimate way, accessing our deeper selves on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.
Private one-on-one sessions are typically a combination of mat exercises as well as exercises done on Pilates equipment (The Reformer, Cadillac, and Wunda Chair). The equipment utilizes spring resistance and allows you to access your deeper intrinsic muscles that tend to “shut down” over time, due to injury or certain tension patterns. The Pilates repertoire helps you create freedom and ease of movement without pain, and facilitates proper movement and alignment in your body in a stress and strain-free way.
In addition to its value for rehabilitation and strengthening, Pilates can be used to deal with pelvic floor issues like incontinence, myofascial pelvic floor pain or weakness, along with prenatal strengthening and postpartum recovery.