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About Pilates

Pilates is a total body conditioning method created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s.  Originally used as a form of rehabilitation, Pilates is recognized for building lean, toned, balanced muscles and a strong core.  Many professional athletes, models and fitness gurus apply Pilates programs to their daily routine to keep their bodies young and fit.  Pilates is your long term solution for a stronger, healthier you!

The Benefits of Pilates:

A refreshing mind-body workout:  By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement, you become acutely in tune with your body. You actually learn how to control its movement.

In Pilates the quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions!

Proper breathing is essential, and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency. Last but not least, learning to breathe properly can reduce stress.

Develop a strong core – flat abdominals and a strong back:  Pilates exercises develop a strong “core,” or center of the body. The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. Control of the core is achieved by integrating the trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle.

Gain long, lean muscles and flexibility:   More conventional or traditional workouts are weight bearing and tend to build short, bulky muscles – the type most prone to injury. Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured.

Create an evenly conditioned body, improve sports performance, and prevent injuries:  Conventional workouts tend to work the same muscles. This leads weak muscles tend to get weaker and strong muscles tend to get stronger. The result is muscular imbalance – a primary cause of injury and chronic back pain.  Pilates conditions the whole body, even the ankles and feet. No muscle group is over trained or under trained. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease, better performance and less chance of injury. That’s why so many professional sports teams and elite athletes now use Pilates as a critical part of their training and rehabilitation regimen.

Learn how to move efficiently:  Pilates exercises train several muscle groups at once in smooth, continuous movements. By developing proper technique, you can actually re-train your body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion – invaluable for injury recovery, sports performance, good posture and optimal health.

It’s gentle:   Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low impact and partially weight bearing. Pilates is so safe, it is used in physical therapy facilities to rehabilitate injuries.

It’s challenging:  Pilates is also an extremely flexible exercise system. Modifications to the exercises allow for a range of difficulty ranging from beginning to advanced. Get the workout that best suits you now, and increase the intensity as your body conditioning improves.

I look forward to meeting you at the studio.

With gratitude,

Lisa Maury, ATC,PTA,PMA®-CPT, CES

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Private Pilates Session

*All private sessions are scheduled to suit your busy schedule*

Pilates was originally conceived as a one-on-one program.  Joseph Pilates worked privately with all of his clients and rarely taught Pilates in a class setting.  Private Pilates sessions allow you and your teacher to focus on your areas of greatest needs.  Private sessions allow you to work at your own level and pace while focusing on the areas you really want to address.   Most studios will encourage  you to take a few privates sessions before joining a class and that is the model we follow at Balanced Pilates Studio.  We also suggest you periodically take a private session to fine-tune as you advance in your practice.  Going into a group class without baseline knowledge of the fundamentals of Pilates can open you up to possible injuries and potentially slow down the pace of the class.  Private sessions are conducted on multiple pieces of equipment, including the Refomer, Trapeze Table, Ladder Barrel, Chair, Ped-O-Pul and spine corrector. 

Semi-Private Pilates Session

*All private sessions are scheduled to suit your busy schedule.

Semi-private sessions are duets sessions of two similar skill levels and prices are per person.  The duet session will help you identify your own special strengths and challenges (such as: injuries, asymmetries which cause pain, area of tightness & weakness etc.).   Most studios will encourage  you to take a few privates sessions or duets before joining a class.  We also suggest you periodically take a private session to fine-tune as you advance in your practice.  Going into a group class without baseline knowledge of the fundamentals of Pilates can waste your time, open you up to possible injuries, and slow the class down.

Mixed Apparatus/Circuit Classes

 * Prior Pilates experience required/see intro to Pilates package*
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Open to students with previous experience on the Pilates apparatus, this Intermediate level class provides a challenging “circuit training” workout utilizing the Reformer, Mat, Tower, Ped-O-Pul, Springboard, Bohdi and Chair. Students will learn equipment settings as well as proper transitions for optimal flow between exercises. Class is limited to seven students.