PILATES

Because sessions are almost never exactly the same,

The mind and body are

Continuously challenged

Because sessions are almost never exactly the same, The mind and body are

Continuously challenged

Pilates

is ideal for people of all age
groups and fitness levels.

If you're looking to tone, increase endurance,
cross-train, assist with injury recovery or simply prevent injury,

Pilates is for you!

Physiques Pilates sessions run 55 minutes, combining classical and contemporary methods. Workouts are customized for you based on age, fitness levels, and prior injuies. We identify imbalances and strengthen weak muscle groups, then progress to correcting misalignment, and re-educate the body with better movement patterns.

Pilates is practiced in private, duet or group classes under the instruction of one of our comprehensively trained Pilates instructors. We require experience on equipment before joining equipment classes.

ABOUT

PILATES

Pilates is designed as a complete, whole body fitness program that strengthens, stretches, and balances the entire body. Much like building a home where the foundation supports the structure, Pilates exercises strengthen the foundational muscles that support the spine, including the upper and lower abdominal muscles, the lower back and the glutes, collectively referred to as the “core” or “power house” of the body.

There are over 500 exercises that incorporate the basic principles of Pilates. In the beginning, exercises are broken down to isolate movements. The goal of these smaller exercises is to help create awareness and control in each area of the body. As clients progress, they begin to integrate these fundamentals into more complex exercises. The focus during a session is on strengthening and stretching the body, resulting in long, lean muscles. Using specially designed equipment, Pilates offers low impact physical conditioning and creates a balance of strength and flexibility and a mind body connection.

The focus of Pilates is on quality of movement, rather than quantity.
This approach means no muscle group is overworked or neglected and the body is worked as a whole.
The remarkable design of the equipment both challenges and supports the body as it learns to move more efficiently, powerfully and fluidly.

History

Pilates, first called Contrology by his founder Joseph Pilates,  has been around for nearly a century. Joseph was born a small and sickly child, and was affected by rickets, asthma and rheumatic fever. He became determined to overcome his aliments and educated himself in human anatomy, gymnastics, bodybuilding, yoga and martial arts. Joseph Pilates reasoned that a stable mind/body relationship and focus on good posture/alignment in tandem with full breathing was key to improved health. These are essential to the Pilates method and helps make the practice effective. Pilates is taught today in a multitude of different methods.

Why it

WORKS

These are the principles that help you achieve a strong, agile and pain free body.

Concentration

Conscious control of movement enhances overall body awareness promoting the mind/body connection.

Control and Precision

It’s not about intensity of multiple repetitions; it’s about proper form for safe, effective results.

Centering

A particular focus on the torso (abs, pelvic girdle, lower back, glutes) strengthens core muscles and enables the rest of the body to function more efficiently.

Breath

Deep breath patterns coordinate with movement help activate deep muscles and keep your focused.

Flow

Concentration of smooth, continuous movements.

Alignment

Learn “active awareness” of the muscles that help maintain proper alignment and effortless posture.