What is Pilates and why should I practice Pilates?

What is Pilates? 
Pilates is an exercise regimen that not only strengthens your core, but builds and lengthens the muscles throughout your entire body. Pilates is for EVERYBODY and is quite useful in bettering your physique and overall health.  All exercises are developed with modifications that can make a workout both safe and challenging for any one person at any level. During any given Pilates session, it is about concentrating and controlling every precise move that you make. It is about using your breath to assist in flowing from one position to the next. Ultimately, it is about centering yourself – physically, mentally and spiritually.

Why should I practice Pilates?

“A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion.”
Joseph H. Pilates

By practicing Pilates you are able to simultaneously develop strength and flexibility.  Instead of adding bulk, you are able to lengthen your muscles while strengthening them.  While Pilates makes your abdominal muscles stronger and more toned, it can in turn, alleviate back pain.  Pilates can also correct muscular imbalances and improve your postural alignment.  Also, your balance and coordination can be enhanced through practicing Pilates.  I believe it is not only beneficial, but crucial that you take time to escape your external life and focus on your internal well-being. Pilates is so much bigger than and extends far beyond any exercise routine . . . it is a way of life. Come join me —transform your mind, your body, your life.

“The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power.” Joseph H. Pilates