What is Pilates?
Pilates is a fantastic form of exercise that works for everyone, from young to old, sedentary to athletic. It is for people who are strong or weak, flexible or inflexible. It is for pregnant women, and those seeking rehabilitation from injuries, and often recommended by doctors, physical therapists and chiropractors. It is adaptable and diverse with over 500 exercises to choose from, allowing for modifications to increase or decrease challenge. It is a tool to educate the body to have better posture and move in a more efficient way and bring awareness to the participants body mechanics and patterns. Pilates is for those who want to look and feel better and who strive to function at an optimal level, pain-free. Pilates enhances the mind while strengthening the body. It is safe, effective and transformative. Pilates will help increase flexibility, create core strength, improve balance, relieve pain, increase co-ordination and relieve stress.
Pilates is taught on equipment such as the reformer, the tower and the Pilates chair and it is also taught on the Mat. Pilates mat classes center around the floor work developed by Joseph H. Pilates, and range from beginner to advanced exercises. Pilates exercises were created from Yoga, Martial Arts, Greco Roman athletics and gymnastics. Using the body’s own resistance, a series of movements are are performed designed to improve circulation, breathing, posture, and body awareness. Mat classes incorporate small equipment such as bands, fitness circles, foam rollers, etc.
Pam is a great instructor! She starts out each session by asking me to check in with my body and then she takes it from there based on my feedback. I love that approach. It makes the sessions feel very personalized, even her classes feel that way, instead of a preplanned session with her own goals in mind. I leave a session with Pam feeling refreshed, comfortable and content in my body, and yet challenged and invigorated. I consider a session with Pam the best treat for my body, better than time at a spa.
My lower back and hips have been a constant source of increasing pain and distress for years and I thought I would soon be crippled, but Pam’s guided Pilates instruction has begun to turn things around. Today on my way home from my lesson, I found myself marveling at how good I actually felt. More amazingly, I had one of those bathroom slip’n’fall accidents the other day, and I thought I would be in pain for weeks, but all the work she’s put me through to develop my abdominal muscles seems to have allowed me to recover MUCH faster than I ever have before. Thanks Pam!
Thanks so much for the Pilates training, I will not be another hunched over dentist with neck and back pain. I am able to work and play (ski, bicycle, wakeboard, kitesurf, etc.) to my fullest.
After several years of chiropractic adjustments for the same low back pain caused by lifting heavy stuff, Pam’s classes have retrained my muscles to hold vertebrae in place. I don’t hurt!
Studying with Pam this past year has been a joy, and a physical liberation. I am so thankful for her dedication and sensitivity in reawakening me to my physical potential.