The Pilates method of exercise is designed to improve physical strength, flexibility and posture, while enhancing mental

awareness.  The focus is on strengthening the muscles closest to your spine - your Core - the ones that keep you strong
and stable. No other exercise system is gentler to your body while giving it a challenging workout so that everyone - from
couch potatoes to fitness buffs - can benefit from the routine.


Pilates, pronounced puh-lah-teez, was created by exercise pioneer Joseph H. Pilates nearly a century ago. He believed our physical and mental health are intertwined and, based on this principle, he designed his method to integrate the body as a whole.  The result is improved strength, coordination and control of the body that carries into all areas of your life.  You become your own body mechanic instead of having to pay someone else (medical professionals) to do it. Because your body becomes finely tuned you will find that your chances for injuries and illnesses will drop.


The exercises move your spine through all its planes of motion (flexion, extension, rotation and side bending) in order to prepare you for every day, real-life movements. Pilates uses specifically-sequenced exercises performed on the mat or Pilates’ equipment that focus on the concepts of:

  • Breath 
  • Concentration (mind/body connection)
  • Control 
  • Stabilization
  • Flow/Efficiency of movement


Introduction Class Objectives:

  • Understand the body’s core and its importance in healthy movement.
  • Practice a mind/body connection to ensure safe movements and optimal core strengthening.
  • Initiate movements from a stable center.
  • Incorporate proper breathing to deepen each movement.

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