What is Pilates?
Pilates is a system of exercises on both the mat and special apparatus that was developed by Joseph H. Pilates, who was born December 9, 1883, and left us on October 9, 1967. Joe designed and built his equipment to meet the needs he saw in his clients. He began his practice helping the ill and those injured in battle to rehabilitate, which is why the Cadillac looks like something you could do while lying in a bed- his first Cadillacs were springs he rigged together from old beds, and the whole apparatus could be rolled over a bed-ridden client.
Joe came to America in order to escape the horrors of World War II. He met his wife, Clara, on board ship and helped her heal her arthritis. Together, they began the studio in New York.
Eventually, George Balanchine got wind of what was going on, and sent his dancers to work with Pilates. Romana Kryzanowska came to the studio through dance, and stayed to become Joe's student and eventually developed the system of Pilates that we know as the levels of progression.
Today, many people enjoy Pilates in many forms in order to stay fit and active, develop strong, lean muscles, maintain flexibility and zest for life.
Will I lose weight if I do Pilates?
Yes, you probably will- but more importantly, you will develop strength, agility, and flexibility.
If I have an injury, can I do Pilates?
Yes- but I ask that you clear it with your doctor or Physical Therapist first. I can work with your medical professionals to develop a rehab plan to get you back on track!
How is Pilates different from Yoga or other exercise forms?
Pilates is different from most exercises because it's non-impact and safe, and it really works on using the body as a whole. You're either lying on your back, on your side or kneeling on the floor where it's safe. When you move the body, you're trying to move it from the powerhouse, using your abdominal wall to protect your back. You're also working the body very evenly and symmetrically, making sure one side is not working harder than the other. It is more cardio-centric than Yoga.