||What is Pilates?
Pilates is an exercise system, more specifically a movement system of body control and strengthening developed by Joseph Pilates. Originally developed from hospital bed springs during WW1 to help rehabilitate patients, he applied his principles of Contrology to professional dancers and world class athletes. The system focuses on core strengthening, breath, balance and body alignment.
Unlike many other training methods, Pilates works the whole body, emphasizing control, precision and concentration in both the mind and the body. Movements are not performed rapidly or repeated excessively instead, the focus is on quality not quantity. The abdominal muscles, lower back and buttocks ("powerhouse") serve as the center of all movement, allowing the rest of the body to move freely. This focus on stabilization makes one stronger from the inside out and is essential to the advancement through the ascending levels of practice. The low impact nature of Pilates makes it ideal for injury prevention and rehabilitation. Its six principles: concentration, control, centering, breath, flow, and precision - train the body to move efficiently with minimal impact on the body. The balance of strength and flexibility creates a healthy, all-encompassing, symmetrical workout for all muscle groups leaving you leaner, longer, stronger and more balanced.
Another question that comes up quite often is about the comparison and/or difference between yoga and Pilates. As a yoga student myself I always advise both! The nature of the techniques makes it easy for them to compliment each other. Get the stretch from the Yoga and keep it from Pilates. Strengthen your abdominals with Pilates equipment and/or matwork and watch your Yoga poses improve. Join the breath techniques of Pilates and meditative aspect of Yoga into your daily routine and see the stress of your everyday life dissolve. Both techniques are established, time-proven, and with the aid of one of our qualified instructors, you will surely reach your goals.
Private sessions are available - specific tools and props such as the resistance rings and Peak Pilates MVe chairs are used to deepen and enhance the matwork practice.
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Jake Salsbury, PeakPilates PPS-1 & PPS-2 Certified Instructor, 817.937.8739
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