Pilates creates a firmer, stronger, leaner, longer
physique. People often say that with Pilates, in 10 sessions you
can start to feel a difference, in 20 sessions you can see
a difference and in 30 sessions you have a whole new body.
Based on consistent practice 2-3 times a week for 2-3 months, this
ideal can become a reality.
The Pilates Method reshapes the body, diminishes joint
& back pain, and tones the deep abdominals muscles, referred
to as the core. Pilates can be done standing, on the floor, and
on equipment designed by Joseph Pilates. This equipment can be viewed
in detail at www.peakpilates.com. Pilates movement therapy can benefit everyone from star athletes
to those recuperating from surgery, by either enhancing the quality
of everyday life or by taking performance to the next level.
Joseph Pilates developed several principles that are
integral to the mastery of his method. These principles are intended
to help create symmetry by quieting the mind in order to focus on
the body. These principles are: Concentration, Control, Core,
Fluidity, Precision, and Breath.
Imagery can be used to reconnect the muscle to its neural pathway.
This feature of Pilates is referred to as the Mind Body Connection.
Control Often, stability is required in one area
of the body in order to provide mobility to another area. By maintaining
the integrity, the body will benefit from each exercise.
Core The main focus in Pilates, is the core of the
body, also referred to as the "powerhouse". It includes
the abdominals, low back, hips and buttocks.
Fluidity Pilates can also be defined as "Economy
of Movement." One movement begins as another one ends, flowing
from strengthening to lengthening.
Precision Precision focuses on the details integral
to each movement. Mastering these details allows one to develop
the Art of Pilates, where exercise stops being solely functional
and becomes living art.
Breath By combining our physical movements with our
breath, we are synchronizing the body and the mind and creating
a more integrated state of being.