What is Pilates?

If you gathered a group of Pilates students together and asked the same question, you would most likely get a different answer from each person.

That is the simple beauty of Pilates. It is a method that was generated by a man named Joseph H. Pilates that included concepts of all types of fitness: primal animal movements, yoga, boxing, gymnastics, diving, strength, etc. Breathing was a huge component of his work and methodology as he felt it was so important to keep your lungs and intrinsic musculature healthy, along with proper blood flow and cardiovascular health.

What makes Pilates so wonderful is it’s ability to impact each person differently. So if you are in a class with other people and you all do the same movement, it’s going to be a little bit different for each person.

Pilates equipment, which can be intimidating to the eye, is so impactful because it’s use of spring resistance. The requirement of control throughout an entire range of motion challenges not only strength but stability and neuromuscular control. This is why Pilates is so wonderful for balance, range of motion, and rehabilitation.

One common misconception is that if you choose to do Pilates, that you only do Pilates. Pilates is a method that makes everything you do better. It is a component of your fitness routine and a tool that brings everything together. If you fall in love and want to do it every day – great! If you only have time for once per week to work on flexibility and form – that’s great too! Pilates for everybody in whatever way works for them.

However, if you are new to the method we do recommend giving it some dedication. 6-10 sessions is typically recommended to fully understand the equipment, cueing and instruction, basic principles, and coordination of movement and breathing. Once these initial sessions are complete you and the instructor can better determine whether continuing privates or moving onto small group classes is the next best step.