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Pilates is the coordination and control of the body, mind and spirit through low impact exercise. This form of exercise is designed specifically to improve abdominal (core) strength and body control. Pilates combines body awareness, breathing patterns and muscle and joint movements to improve the way the body functions, looks and feels.
When choosing where to practice Pilates, there are several things to take into consideration:
First, instructor certification. Your instructor should have completed a comprehensive training program, not just a weekend mat course. Inquire to the training and knowledge the instructor has; not all teachers are the same, and experience means everything in Pilates. Second, look at class size. The larger the class, the less personal attention for you. If everyone is doing the same routine, then the instructor isn’t addressing specific anatomical issues. Every body is different, and a good Pilates instructor addresses this issue.
Third, experience. How much experience with different bodies has your instructor had? The more bodies an instructor sees in a small setting, the more experience they will have to give to you. If an instructor only works inside a gym, with athletes, or only with elderly patients, then the instructors ability to see a person’s body becomes narrow
Pilates can be beneficial for virtually all ages, fitness levels and body conditions. Pilates is still popular with dancers, gymnasts, athletes and others in their physical prime but it is equally suitable for almost any age. Indeed, one of the beauties of Pilates is that we tailor it to suit each personage and physical condition. Many of our clients are middle-aged or elderly. Indeed, more than a few start doing Pilates specifically because they have reached ‘a certain age’, realised that they no longer take any exercise and suddenly thought, ‘My goodness, I have to start to do something, or else I’ll fall apart. Older clients still might have to ask medical advice before taking up Pilates and to start more slowly. Many people, however, do Pilates into their eighties and nineties. A properly tailored Pilates program is one of the best-known ways to ward off the infirmities of old age. Your true age, in the end, of course, is as much a function of how feel as of the date on your birth certificate. As Joseph Pilates himself put it: ‘If, at the age of 30, you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If, at 60, you are supple and strong, then you are young.
Original Pilates Studio, New York City, 1942.
Left to Right: Joseph H. Pilates, Fred Pilates (brother) Mary Pilates (niece ) & Clara Pilates (Joe’s wife).
Necessity is the “father” of invention and knows no law except to overcome.
Joseph H. Pilates…………The Early Days
Joseph Hubertus Pilates (1880 – 1967) was born in Mönchengladbach, a small town near Dusseldorf, Germany. His name had been spelled “Pilatu” and was of Greek derivation but was changed to Pilates (pronounced Puh-lah-tes). He was a small and sickly child who suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. He watched wistfully as other children played outside, running and laughing and yearned for a healthy, strong, physically attractive body like his fathers.
His father was a prize-winning gymnast and his mother a Naturopath. There had to be a way to overcome his weaknesses, thought Pilates. The more he thought, the more determined he grew. Necessity is the “father” of invention and knows no law except to overcome. After surviving diseases fatal to thousands each year he began his life long quest to find a way to overcome his frailness and get strong and healthy so he could be like his dad.
It is helpful for our instructors if you wear comfortable yet form-fitting exercise clothes. That way we can make sure you are performing the exercises in the proper alignment. Please don’t wear loose or “short” shorts as many of the exercises are done with your legs open and elevated. You may exercise in either your bare feet or stocking feet. Proper alignment is key to learning the correct movements. Your instructor should be able to see bony landmarks, such as knees, ankles, elbows, wrists, neck, etc. clearly.
The short answer is yes. The longer answer is that you always want to consult with your physician before embarking on any exercise routine. Care should always be taken, but know that a qualified Pilates teacher looks at every body through a unique lens. A program should be specifically designed to each body, including pregnant ones.
We encourage that you do Pilates on a regular basis, as clients who do it most frequently notice the results the fastest. Pilates is about conditioning, learning how to use your body as a musician learns an instrument. Obviously, the more you practice, the quicker you will learn mastery over your body. We recommend doing Pilates two to three times a week. At the same time we recognize that your life is busy and that a one session a week is better than none.
Joseph Pilates said “you’ll feel better in 10 sessions, look better in 20 and have a whole new body in 30 sessions.” No child studying piano learns to play Bach in a week. We like to imagine our body as an instrument in the process of being finely tuned. The bottom line is that the more focused you are with your practice, the faster you will experience results. Every body is different, has its own story, and will naturally progress differently. The importance on feeling better, bringing people out of pain, and into greater stability keeps people coming back. Another factor will be in what setting you attend. Some classes use the equipment; others use mats. The equipment allows for more control, more discipline. Mats are easier to use because they are mobile. What will work best for you depends on your own commitment to your practice and what you are looking to achieve through your Pilates workout.
If you have any sort of back or joint problem you should always check with your doctor or specialist before embarking on any new exercise program. However, Pilates is recognized as being of particular benefit to many back problems. By using and developing the strength of the deep abdominal muscles, the supportive spinal muscles, the muscles of the pelvic floor and the stabilizing muscles of the upper back and shoulder area, you will learn to correct your posture, reduce strain and stress and realign the body. Your back will get stronger and your pain will gradually reduce. Many osteopaths, physiotherapists and doctors now recognize the benefits of Pilates based exercises and recommend the technique to their own patients.
It’s not a matter of one being better than the other. The fundamental Pilates workout can be performed on a mat alone, and great results can be achieved through beginner
intermediate and advanced moves. However, the various equipment pieces such as the Reformer, Cadillac and Chair incorporate light spring resistance that works like concentric and eccentric muscle contractions to safely sculpt, tone and stretch the muscles. The various Barrels provide support that allows you to safely manipulate your body to stretch and engage muscles otherwise challenging to isolate. Smaller Pilates equipment pieces such resistance bands, circles and balls also provide an element of variety and focus to a
Pilates regimen. A complete and satisfying workout can involve exercises on the mat alone or can be combined with various pieces of specially designed Pilates equipment. Each session can offer variety so that no two workouts are alike.
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Excellent location, professional trainers. I will certainly go back!
MYB Pilates is just great. The studio is warm and welcoming and I feel so much better after my training. Surely the best Pilates experience ever.
One of the best studios I have ever visited. The trainers are very helpful and the overall experience is just great!