“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.
Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly
developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily
performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.”
Joseph H. Pilates- Return to Life
PILATES IS IN A LEAGUE ALL ITS OWN
The Pilates method is a powerful, holistic system of movement and therapeutic exercises developed by Joseph H. Pilates (b.1882-d.1967). Utilizing specialized equipment as well as matwork Pilates promotes Uniform Development and Functional Strength.
Some of the major benefits of Pilates are:
- Healthy decompressed joints
- Appropriate range of joint movement
- Proper breathing
- Improved circulation
- Better posture
- Strengthened core musculature
- Organized movement from your center
- Graceful, efficient movement
- Leaner, stronger, streamlined body
- Reduced tension
- Ease of movement
- Improved balance and physical confidence
Therapeutic Applications of Pilates
Pilates is often recommended by Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors and other medical practitioners to assist patients in returning to full activity. It has been proven to be very effective for alleviating chronic pain, assisting the healing process after injuries and preventing future re-injury. *
*It is important to note that not all Pilates instructors are trained to work with clients in this capacity, however all of the Club Stretch Instructors are comprehensively trained through a rigorous 950 hour training program created and accredited by The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado and are skilled in working with all populations. (Click here for more information on our Instructors’ qualifications and experience)
What to Expect in a Pilates Session
Pilates workouts can be modified and tailored to your individual needs regardless of age or current conditions. Sessions are conducted one-on-one or in small closely supervised group classes emphasizing precise, controlled movements requiring concentration and coordination of the body, mind, and breath. We recommend starting with a couple of one-on-one session to build a solid foundation before joining group classes.
Specialized Pilates equipment using springs for support and/or resistance are designed to complement the mat/floor exercises. Fundamental movement skills will be introduced and practiced in each session and exercises that involve these skills will be added into your sessions in a structured way gradually progressing into more challenging exercises linked by flowing transitions.
Eventually this will lead to an invigorating hour of focused, deeply satisfying movement connected to the breath as your body flexes, extends, and twists its way to optimum health and vitality! (Click here for information on choosing the best option for getting started today!)
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