Pilates is a mind-body exercise form that creates core strength, improved posture, and general toning and flexibility. All muscle movements are anchored and/or originate in the core of the body, which is comprised of the pelvic floor, diaphragm, transversus abdominus, and multifidous muscles.
Joseph Pilates, a Greek born in Germany in 1880, developed pilates exercises to transform his body from its slight and small state to a muscular, athletic physique. While performing in a circus in England during World War I, he was imprisoned as a possible enemy of the state and developed his mat exercise system while incarcerated. Later he was released and was able to prevent several veterans from succumbing to the innfluenza epidemic by training them to do his exercises on equipment adapted from hospital beds. This is why much pilates equipment today resemble beds with springs and mat pilates takes place in such a small space per person.
PILATES TRAINING & CLASSES:
If you choose to train with me you will train in a West Coast style of pilates informed by the general fitness oriented approach of Body Arts and Sciences. I emphasize core stability strength to the degree of creating a functional, healthy body for the average client. For the extreme sports enthusiast or dancers, I test the client’s ability to maintain core stability at different angles to the floor (upside down, sideways, etc.) and with asymmetrical forces. I look for muscle balance and body awareness. Most of my clients seek a basic level of fitness with pilates as a supplement to their regular exercise regime. Some of my clients are trying to knit their bodies together so that they can play piano or dance for hours without recruiting overworked muscles such as the muscles in their backs and shoulders.
I also offer Pilates-based DVDs that many clients use to supplement their training with me.