What is Pilates?
Pilates is an exercise system developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century that caters to every body type, age and fitness level and promotes core strength and whole body health. The Pilates Method utilizes a specific set of exercises that are performed with emphasis on precision and control rather than increased repetition. Each exercise is approached using the Pilates Principles of concentration, centering, control, breathing, precision and flowing movement to strengthen the core, promote proper alignment and train the body to move effectively and efficiently. A regular Pilates practice will create a strong, lean physique as the exercises focus on strengthening and lengthening muscles.
A well-aligned spine is essential to a safe and effective Pilates practice making this an ideal method to improve posture. In addition to aligning the spine, the exercise series moves the spine through flexion, extension, lateral flexion and rotation, increasing the mobility of the spine.
Pilates exercises focus on strengthening the core, known as the “Powerhouse” which encompasses the muscles that make up your torso, including the deep core muscles; multifidus, pelvic floor, transverse abdominis and the diaphragm. Strengthening the Powerhouse leads to better posture, increased lung capacity and improved movement patterns.
Because Pilates works the body holistically, the result is balanced muscle development and a decrease in injury and chronic pain due to misaligned posture and muscular imbalance. Joseph Pilates believed that “it is the mind that shapes the body”, therefore, Pilates requires concentration and focus. Joseph described his exercise regimen as “complete coordination of body, mind and spirit.” This mind-body connection leads to improved focus, greater body awareness and decreased stress.
Pilates exercises are performed on a mat or on an apparatus, such as a reformer, cadillac, Wunda Chair or high ladder barrel, just to name a few. Joseph Pilates created the mat series first and it remains the foundation of Pilates. The apparatus were created later and serve to enhance the practice. The reformer is the most well-known apparatus and uses springs to create resistance.
What makes Absolute Pilates different?
We believe that a positive teacher-client relationship is critical for your success in Pilates. Our instructors are comprehensively trained and maintain their own Pilates practice. Our instructors have a trained eye to identify weaknesses and imbalances in the body and will guide you to develop balanced strength. We keep our classes small, no more than 6 clients, so that each client can practice safely and with proper form. Clients are encouraged to take private or duet sessions, especially as a beginner, to avoid injury and developing poor habits.
At Absolute Pilates, we teach classical Pilates. This means that we teach the original exercises created by Joseph Pilates, as he intended them. The classical Pilates exercises are organized to warm up, challenge and cool down the body. By following the order, clients receive a balanced and challenging workout. Classical Pilates also teaches transitions that connect one exercise to the next. This creates a flowing workout and each transition is a small challenge between exercises.
Our equipment at Absolute Pilates is made by Gratz Industries. Joseph Pilates’ studio began working with Gratz in the 1960s. Gratz developed and continues to manufacture equipment that maintains the specific dimensions and proportions for classical Pilates. Among Pilates professionals, Gratz is widely accepted as the premier manufacturer of Pilates equipment.
At Absolute Pilates we create an environment that welcomes clients of all levels of fitness, from beginner to advanced level Pilates. We are committed to creating a fun and diverse community of Pilates clients who are constantly progressing in their abilities and having fun doing it.