Pilates is a system of therapeutic exercises originally developed in the 1920s by Joseph H. Pilates. These exercises are designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the whole body with an emphasis on the breath, mindfulness, alignment, and coordinated, flowing movement. Pilates can be individually tailored to meet your needs and goals for overall fitness and well-being, athletic training, rehabilitation, or pain management.
Benefits of Pilates
- Overall tone and body shaping
- Better strength and flexibility
- Increased lung capacity and metabolism
- Improved bone density and posture
- Stress reduction
- Improved sports performance (especially golf, tennis, running, swimming, and biking)
- Low back pain management
- Chronic pain management
We offer Private, Semi-Private, and weekly Pilates equipment classes. Each session/class is 55 minutes in duration and includes the usage of the 6 Pilates Principles:
- Centering: Mentally and physically bringing focus to the center of the body
- Concentration: Bringing full attention to the exercise and executing the movement pattern with full commitment to create maximum value.
- Control: Every Pilates exercise is accomplished with complete muscular discipline of all body parts.
- Precision: In Pilates, body awareness is sustained throughout each movement. There is an emphasis on placement, alignment, and movement sequence for each part of the body.
- Breath: Most Pilates exercises coordinate with the breath, and using the breath properly is an integral part of Pilates exercise.
- Flow: Pilates exercise is done fluidly, with the look of grace and ease for all exercises.
Pilates equipment is versatile, allowing for many different body types, sizes, and conditions to be comfortably accommodated. The various equipment pieces such as the Reformer, Cadillac and Chair incorporate light spring resistance that works both concentric and eccentric muscle contractions to safely strengthen, tone and stretch the muscles.
At Pilates and Beyond, we use:
- The Reformer
- The Cadillac or Trapeze Table
- The Low (split pedal) Chair
- The Spine Corrector
We focus on restoration
of optimal alignment