Pilates is the collective name for a set of exercises or techniques that condition the body to acquire greater flexibility, strength, greater endurance, and improved coordination without addition of bulk of muscle to the body. Also, Pilates increases circulation and shapes the body in a more balanced form. When executing mat-specific exercises, the body’s own weight is used as resistance. These exercises are a great place to start as they require no specialized equipment… simply space and a floor mat. Exercises performed on the Pilates apparatus use the resistance of springs to create resistance.
What makes the method successful is the proper movement of these simple exercises. Complete, controlled motion is the objective, and Mara’s observation, coaching, and encouragement see you though to success. Our classes are kept small so a strong bond is formed with each client.
The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning, pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates, is a mind-body exercise system designed to strengthen the weak and challenge the strong. Pilates (1880- 1967) was a German expatriate who first made his mark in England during WWI when he developed a series of exercises and innovative equipment to help prisoners of war regain strength and mobility. When Joseph Pilates immigrated to New York, the local professional dance community discovered that his conditioning techniques helped prevent injury and improve strength while maintaining long, even muscle tone. This sparked a vast following of the method of exercise.