What is Pilates?
The workout system was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900’s. He was an athlete and a boxer, although growing up with physical ailments. He observed animals to understand efficient movement. Then understanding that the human body had to accommodate becoming “two legged beings”, he began to try to strengthen and stretch his body in ways never used before. He added his flair to the work of B. K. S Iyengar, famed Yogi, with whom he studied. He developed apparatus to change the Yoga postures to moving, resistance exercises he then called his system “contrology”. Today the work has been perfected through many exceptional teachers that worked with him over the years, and with his work since his death.
Pilates at Core Bodyworks…
Knowledge of the functioning anatomy is integral to assisting someone through the apparatus work, and the training of a true Pilates instructor is very thorough. Different schools of thought have given way to slightly different styles of the work. At Core Bodyworks the instructors have varied backgrounds integrating their basis of knowledge into the work, as well as many years of experience teaching bodywork.
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Pilates is not learned overnight, and takes commitment and time. We try to have a varied class schedule to allow for diversity in approach. By having Mat Classes, Mat and Tower Classes, Reformer Classes and Core Functional Training Classes, the student has options that help to make the work accessible financially as well as varied to meet specific needs of specific clientele. The work ranges from a therapeutic approach to work with athletes and seniors alike.
PRIVATE SESSIONS are the foundation of all workouts at the studio. They are designed to fit the specific needs of each individual. The instructor is able to evaluate posture, movement patterns, and discuss strengths and weaknesses with the client. During these sessions the client is introduced to the many pieces of equipment in the studio. This foundation is then the base with which the client can work properly in any group equipment class.
DUET OR TRIO SESSIONS are progressed in the same manner as private sessions using two or three pieces of equipment simultaneously. Instruction for beginners is possible in a duet or trio, but progress is likely to be slower when done in these small group sessions. It will take a longer time to encompass all of the apparatus, but it is all used in this type session.
MAT/TOWER CLASSES are able to work with up to six clients at a time. The exercises vary from class to class and are a combination of work done without equipment and work done on the PILATES TOWER, which offers numerous apparatus.
REFORMER CLASSES include no more than 3 persons, performing a wide variety of exercises on the PILATES REFORMER in various positions (lying, seated, kneeling, standing) in order to provide a total body workout.
CORE FUNCTIONAL TRAINING CLASS is all about integration (of the core with the rest of the body), and balance (strengthen and stretch). This class is all about "mixing it up", exposing weaknesses in different movement patterns, challenging your mind and body. Please bring clean workout shoes with you when attending this class. Level 1 and 2 are offered.
MAT CLASSES are a shorter workout than any other class (30 min). The workout is a combination of classic core strengthening and stretching. Some light weight work is often added for the upper body. This class can be varied to fit different levels of clientele.
What you need to know before starting…
You will need to approach this system with a sense of focus and attention to detail. You will learn more about your functional body than you would have dreamed and should move so much more comfortably that you won’t believe the benefits.
Arrive with an open attitude, plan to be challenged, and to have fun. We are all the same in that we have some amount of imbalance, some strengths, some weaknesses. You will gain “control” over pain, dysfunction, and move better than you did when you were younger!
You will not wear shoes in most classes (with some exception, noted in class descriptions), and need to have comfortable clothing that allows the instructor to see your body and it’s movement. Please, not too many layers or heavy clothing.