What is Pilates?

Like yoga, Pilates strengthens and stretches the body but mostly focus on the core. Doing poses that increase strength and muscular endurance will encourage one’s overall sense of well-being and fitness. Pilates also teaches mental awareness over the body by doing exercises that will increase spinal flexibility and integrity. Most fitness routines build and strain muscles, but Pilates is a balanced way to tone and increase muscle definition. Experiencing the burn from a workout, students feel energized and open after a Pilates session!

"If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If your spine is completely  flexible at 60, you are young." -Joseph Pilates

"A body free from nervous tension and fatigue is the ideal shelter provided by nature for housing a well balanced mind fully capable of successfully meeting all complex problems of modern living." -Joseph Pilates

Angie talks about Pilates and fusing the workout with yoga.

 

Susie demonstrates and teaches on Pilates Reformer

About the Reformer
An incredibly versatile piece of equipment, the Pilates Reformer helps address every part of the body. It has a moving carriage bed, adjustable springs, a footbar, shoulder pads, and straps that are adjusted to each person’s size, range of motion, and strength. It allows us to challenge beyond gravity, adding multiple dimensions of resistance. From core to extremities, the reformer work can be used with any client from therapeutic to the elite athlete.

About The Cadillac
Developed by Joseph while working as an orderly in war camps in Europe, he attached springs to bed frames to rehabilitate 30 patients! The Cadillac is also called a trapeze table. It has a raised bed with vertical poles at each corner and rails above. Springs for the arms, legs, or spine are attached at various angles and heights to meet the goals of the clients. There are also combo machines that integrate the reformer and tower into one piece of equipment.