The six principles of Pilates as developed by Joseph Pilates:
In Pilates, the starting point and source of all movement is the center of the body, or the Powerhouse. The Powerhouse is the area that includes the abdominal muscles, lower back muscles, pelvic floor, the glutes and muscles around the hips.
Centering is helpful in our lives because it teaches us to utilize our core as the impetus for our movement. This helps us to become stronger and aids in correct alignment and form in all we do, such as waiting in line at the store, sitting at our desks all day and even carrying our children. With a strong center and proper posture and spinal alignment, we are less likely to injure ourselves.
The Pilates principle of Concentration is about bringing full attention and commitment to each exercise in an effort to gain the most benefit from the workout.
Learning to be mindful and focused on the present can benefit us in countless ways. By concentrating only on the task at hand, our concentration improves and we perform better. Staying present helps us give our utmost attention to our kids, spouse, friends, coworkers, or whoever we are with. And we generally enjoy and experience life more fully, because we are more conscious.
In Pilates, we perform every single exercise with complete muscular control. Each muscle and body part works together to carry out the exercises.
The principle of Control extends beyond our Pilates mats and Equipment classes. We learn to control our bodies and move with steadiness all the time, which makes us less likely to make jerky or potentially injurious movements. We begin to carry ourselves in a more balanced and safe manner.
Every movement in Pilates has a purpose. It is important to be cognizant of correct body placement and to understand how each part of our body functions in conjunction with each other.
By learning how every part of our bodies plays an important role in our movement, we can remain aware of and grateful for the ways in which our muscles and ligaments work together to keep us performing and functioning efficiently.
In Pilates exercises, movement is propelled by breath. Joseph Pilates, the founder of Pilates, often advised people to use their lungs to powerfully pump air completely in and out of the body.
This is a useful principle in our daily lives because it reminds us to take deep, oxygenating breaths. Our breath sustains us and is a necessary component of everything we do and every movement we make.
Pilates exercises are completed in a smooth, steady and continuous manner, with each movement flowing gracefully into the other.
Outside of Pilates classes, the principle of Flow teaches people to take life as it comes and move through their days with ease, continuity, grace and fluidity.
Pilates is an innovative and safe system of mind-body exercise that can dramatically transform the way your body looks, feels and performs. Pilates builds strength without excess bulk, and it is a safe, sensible exercise system that will help you look and feel your very best. It teaches body awareness, good posture and easy, graceful movement. Pilates also improves flexibility, agility and economy of motion. It can even help alleviate back pain.
Recommended by doctors, physical therapists and chiropractors around the world, Pilates programs are available for everyone. Whether you are a fitness regular who is looking to increase tone and strength, to elderly persons seeking balance and increased range of motion; or a person who is getting in shape, to professional athletes seeking the edge in their sport...and everything in between. No matter what your age or condition, Pilates will work for you.
Pilates creates a strong core and strong back with exercises concentrating on the deep abdominal muscles and muscles lining the spine. These muscles are developed through exercises requiring balance and discipline by having control over body movements. The moves incorporated in Pilates workouts elongate the muscles and make them leaner, improving joint mobility and flexibility. This can decrease the risk of muscle injury. The broad range of movements that are included in Pilates workouts lead to evenly worked muscles, which leads to increased flexibility and balance. Due to the even development of the muscles, Pilates improves posture due to a strong core and back muscles for support.
The principles of Pilates repertoire focuses largely on correct breathing, spinal, and pelvic alignment, and a concentration of smooth flowing movements. By connecting all of these aspects, the Pilates exercise becomes a mind-body workout.
Our certified instructors are certified Pilates professionals who challenge their students to take their ability to the next level. Our student's notice improvements in the first month of regular Pilates practice.
K2 Pilates is a fully-equipped studio with state-of-the-art Pilates equipment, including the Allegro "Tower of Power" reformer AND the Pilates Chair. The Tower of Power features elements that work the entire body, we offer Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Classes.
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PILATES was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century.
Pilates exercises promote strength and balanced muscle development, as well as flexibility and increased range of motion for joints.
PILATES and The K2 Class Fee Structure
1 class per week: $60/month
2 classes per week: $115/month =$14.37/class
3 classes per week: $150/month =$12.50/class
4 classes per week: $185/month =$11.56/class
Private Classes: priced per instructor
10 pack (1 year expiration) $170
20 pack (1 year expiration) $280
Introductory Special: $185
Includes 2 private 1-hour classes and 8 class credits, applicable to all Pilates and K2 classes. These 8 credits expire 31 days after the first class taken.
EVERYONE NEEDS A LITTLE CARDIO!
Try the "K2" this class starts with 30 minutes of SPIN followed by 30 minutes of Pilates. Your Pilates credits apply to the "K2"!
It is suggested that all clients new to Pilates purchase the Introductory Package, or complete two private sessions before joining classes. Call 783-9033 for details.