The Benefits of Pilates
Pilates will make a positive difference in your health without over-stressing your body. Regular Pilates sessions can dramatically transform your body’s appearance and how you feel in your body, while improving your daily performance. Pilates will increase your postural awareness, build strength without creating bulky muscles, offer the opportunity for a sleek, toned body.
Pilates is considered a mind-body workout.
Pilates will increase your awareness of proper breathing, as well as correct the alignment, stability, and mobility of your spine and pelvis. We use concentration to create precise and flowing movements as you become more in tune with your body. Ultimately, you become more efficient as you move through each day, and less vulnerable to the stresses of your physical life. It’s well-known the stronger and more durable we are, the better off we will be if we experience a trauma or illness.
In Pilates, movement quality is emphasized instead of repetitions. We focus on proper breathing to facilitate your movements, building efficiency and power. Also, breathing properly will facilitate the function of your body’s other systems – digestion, venous and lymphatic flow, as well as the kidneys and liver, among other benefits. Lastly, it’s well know taking time to focus on breath can help to reduce stress.
Pilates will develop a strong core, as well as lean, flexible muscles.
Pilates exercises will coordinate and strengthen the “core”, balancing your body from its center. Pilates will zero-in on the deep abdominal muscles, as well as the muscles along the spine. Pilates also integrates the upper body and shoulder girdle with the pelvis and lower extremities. Pilates elongates while strengthening, which improves muscle elasticity as well as healthy, joint mobility. Relaxation is a key component of Pilates; we will learn to release tension patterns which inhibit healthy movement. This will restore flow and ease of movement, as well as make your life more enjoyable. The results will allow you to execute your movements in a safe and efficient manner with greater power and grace. When your strength and flexibility are in balance, you are less prone to injury.
Pilates is challenging, but also very user-friendly.
Pilates exercises coordinates several muscle groups to flow together, creating smooth movement. We focus on proper technique, which will re-educate your body to move more efficiently and safely. Pilates is a great resource for improving posture, increasing sports performance, and recovering from injury, illness, or post-partum. Since Pilates is a very versatile system of exercise, we can create modifications for the exercises to accommodate all levels of abilities. Progressions can then be designed to facilitate, appropriately increasing the difficulty and intensity of your work-outs as your recovery dictates.
Pilates as a lifestyle.
Our goal is for you to make Pilates more than a work-out, but a way of life. We hope you will adapt your new awareness and skills into your daily routines. The mind-body connection, will reawaken your muscles and your brain, no matter how long they’ve been rarely used, or even dormant.
No matter who you are or what shape you’re in, Pilates can enhance your health and well-being. With regular Pilates sessions you can make your daily activities easier and even more fulfilling. Whether you need to be more pain-free, undo the damage of past stresses and injuries, or you want to increase your durability for your work, gardening, horseback riding, or a 10-day backpacking trip, Pilates will help you reach your goals. Pilates can be your tool to revitalize your confidence in your body and in yourself.
Pilates as therapy.
Pilates is often found in many rehabilitation clinics and wellness centers. If you’ve been injured or are seeking a resource to continue your recovery from an injury, surgery, illness, or pregnancy, or need help with chronic pain, or have a condition like scoliosis, chronic neck/back pain, hip/knee replacements, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, Pilates can be a good resource. Please first discuss this option with your healthcare team.
How you decide to begin and build your Pilates practice, depends on how you like to work out, as well as what your schedule and resources allow. At BodyChange, we offer one-on-one sessions which may include work on the Reformer, the Cadillac, and the Wunda Chair, as well mat work and the use of other small props. Semi-private training is also offered for those who demonstrate enough ease with the exercises in order to work somewhat independently while your session partner may require momentary, one-on-one instruction. We also have small group Pilates mat classes. The mat work is the foundation of the entire Pilates system of exercise. At BodyChange, we require at least one private before joining a class. For this 1.5-hours individual session, there is a significant discount in the fee. The mat work challenges our bodies to build strength from the inside out like no other form of exercise. Some folks just want to receive some instruction for their home practice, returning now and then for tune-ups and progressions. Whatever your needs, BodyChange will our best to accommodate everyone’s individual goals.