What is the Pilates Method? Is it effective and safe?
The Pilates Method can really make a difference in your health without taking a toll on your body. 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. 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. Our goal is to increase your quality of life through movement.
+ What will Pilates do for me?
Pilates will balance your body - building strength where you are weak, flexibility where you are tight, and stability in your core musculature. A consistent program will significantly improve posture and alignment, enhance stamina, coordination, strength, and flexibility.
+ Will I gain flexibility?
Definitely! Improving flexibility is one of the principal benefits of a consistent Pilates regimen.
+ How long will it take me to notice changes in my body?
Less time than you might think! Joseph Pilates said, “In ten sessions you’ll feel a difference, in 20 you’ll see the difference, and in 30 you'll have a new body.” Your dedication to a consistent practice will greatly determine how quickly you will notice positive changes in your body.
+ Will I be able to perform Pilates exercises with existing injuries?
Because Pilates is low impact and focused on decompression, the movements support your body body's joints rather than deteriorating then. Most anyone can perform the basic movements. If you have had a serious injury or a recent surgery, however, it is strongly recommended consulting your doctor before beginning any new exercise regimen.
+ Is Pilates for men?
Yes. Joseph Pilates’ passion was boxing and he opened his studio close to Madison Square Garden in New York to be able to train boxers, acrobats, and dancers. His work was developed by a man for a man. The Core Pilates curriculum has preserved all aspects of Joseph Pilates’ original “Contrology,” making it a perfect form of exercise for men.
+ Can Pilates enhance sports performance?
The global benefits of Pilates, such as enhanced body awareness, improved neuromuscular coordination, and greater strength and flexibility, will improve performance in any sports activity. At our studio, we work with many athletes actively involved in daily running, rowing, golfing, tennis, cycling, surfing, to name a few.
+ How does a studio design a program specific to my needs?
At your first session, you will fill out an Intake Form to let our team know about your specific body issues and fitness goals. You will receive a posture, gait, and spine assessment and identify areas of strength, weakness and flexibility. This session will be used to structure an individual Pilates conditioning program based on your physical needs. An ongoing record of your progress and various observations will be kept on file so that our instructors may review and monitor your progress effectively.
+ Can I build bone density with the Pilates Method?
Yes. Bone density and joint health will improve with a consistent Pilates program. Pilates equipment utilizes spring-based resistance which requires force from the muscles involved, which in turn creates force upon the related tendons and ligaments. That force is translated to the supporting bones, which helps to build bone density. Pilates will also improve your balance, which will decrease the potential for falls and fractures.