Pilates Studio FAQ
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- What is Pilates?
- Why do Pilates?
- Can I lose weight doing Pilates?
- How long does it take to see results?
- Can anyone do Pilates?
- How do I schedule a Pilates session?
- How long are the classes?
1. What is Pilates?
Joseph H. Pilates developed this unique method of exercise and training over 80 years ago. He believed in conditioning the body and mind together, fusing Western and Eastern philosophies to physical and mental conditioning.
Around 1914, Joseph Pilates was a performer and a boxer living in England and, at the outbreak of WWI, was placed under forced internment along with other German nationals. There he taught fellow camp members the concepts and exercises developed over 20 years of self-study and apprenticeship in Yoga, Zen, and ancient Greek and Roman physical regimens. At that time, he began designing a system of original exercises known today as “matwork”, or exercises done on the floor. A few years later, he was moved to another camp, where he became a nurse/caretaker to the many physically injured and diseased. It was here that he began to design equipment to rehabilitate his “patients,” taking the springs from the beds and rigging them up to create spring resistance and “movement” for the bedridden. His original exercise techniques focused on Centering, Concentration, Control, Flowing Motion, Precision, and Breath to aid in restoring the body to balanced postures, flexibility, and efficiency in movement.
Widely embraced by dancers for years, Pilates is now used for training golfers, climbers, swimmers, and runners, as well as football, basketball, and baseball athletes. In fact, Pilates training is now utilized by participants in almost every major sport. Whether you are a seasoned or recreational athlete, Pilates can be tailored to enhance all aspects of your game.
2. Why do Pilates?
The Pilates method of exercise is designed to reshape your body, making it longer, leaner, and stronger. The various types of unique equipment designed for Pilates enable you to develop muscle strength and endurance through resistance training in supported positions, avoiding excessive strain to the muscles. Mental revitalization, increased energy, and a rejuvenated body and mind awareness are just a few of the benefits. Pilates will definitely change your mind as it changes your body.
4. How long does it take to see results?
Consistency is everything. In Pilates there is an often-quoted saying, “Within 10 sessions you will feel different, within 20 sessions you will look different, and by 30 sessions you will have a whole new body”. For optimal results we recommend three times a week, for three months, and two times a week thereafter.