What is Pilates?

Pilates is a series of exercises created by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. His method was intended to create a balanced body- ideal for living life to the fullest.

The Benefits of Pilates are….

Better Posture

Core Strength

Mental Focus

Increased Lung Capacity

Enhanced Athletic Performance

Flexibilty

“Pre-Habs” Instability

Elongates the Spine

Muscle Efficiency

Better Balance

Reduced Back Pain

Joint Health


There are six principles to Pilates:

  • Centering-

    Initiating Pilates exercises from your center or “powerhouse” which is the area that lies between your lower ribcage and the pubic bone.

  • Concentration

    As you give full attention to the exercise and focus on your technique, you will obtain maximum value from each movement. This enhances your mind-body connection.

  • Precision

    No body part is ignored.  Conscious, deliberate movement that the mind is controlling is key for coordination and improvement. No zoning out allowed!

  • Breath

    Joseph Pilates emphasized using a very full breath in his exercises. He thought of the lungs as a bellows to pump the air fully in and out of the body. This brings detoxification, new life and oxygen to every part of the body.

  • Flow

    Pilates exercise is done in a flowing manner with continual movement. There are no static poses. The energy of an exercise connects all body parts and flows through the body in an even way.


Why Pilates?

Pilates

…Teaches the human body what it feels like to move the way we were created to. It restores.

…Is a thoughtful regiment that trains your “mindbody connection” how to move efficiently, powerfully and safely.

…Is a nourishing  fitness method rather than an activity that expends. You feel invigorated rather than depleted afterwards.

…Creates equal length and strength in order to achieve a balanced body.  It is a foundational practice that enhances your way of life and any physical activity.

…Increases your athletic capacity and stamina. Strengthens from the inside out.

Pilates makes it enjoyable to live in your body!


Some words from a Hometown Pilates client….

“Lindsay is such a gifted teacher! Being a Hometown Pilates client has made a big impact on my posture and overall core strength. I never considered myself a “Pilates person” but now I look forward to each session … and the great feeling of strength and well-being I leave with each time!”
Tina A.