Okay, so this may sound cliche or a bit obvious coming from an instructor, but Pilates changed my life...not just my body, not just how I think about my body, but literally changed the course of my life.
So, my quick fitness background and path to Pilates...
I grew up learning gymnastics and playing lots of sports, including varsity tennis and soccer in high school and college. After college, I joined a gym and tried various group fitness classes, like boot camp, step aerobics, spin, and this thing called Pilates. I LOVED Pilates! So I found a Pilates studio and practiced and practiced some more. With encouragement from my instructor, I trained for and earned my certification as an instructor. I continued to practice as a teacher and student.
So, did I have motivation and knowledge? Was I athletic, strong and flexible? Yep, I had all those things. I could muscle through every exercise. I could still do a split like in my days as a high school cheerleader. I was toning, and progressing, and loving it. But I was missing a few key components...efficiency of movement, keen body awareness and most importantly, confidence in and compassion for myself and my body. Once I learned those things...who am I kidding, I’m still learning those things...but once those lessons of the mind-body became clear, so did the path to a Pilates career also become clear.
Once it sunk in that Pilates is about more than just the hour spent in the studio, that it’s about how you move thoughtfully throughout the entire day, I realized that my body no longer wanted to sit at a desk for 40 hours a week. I had not only gained confidence in my body, I had gained confidence to move forward in my life to turn a passion for Pilates into a career. Now, my focus could be on leading others toward similar realizations while providing opportunities for them to gain strength, flexibility and balance in the studio and in life.
“Contrology is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit. Through Contrology you first puposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then through proper repetition of its exercises you gradually and progressively acquire that natural rhythm and coordination associated with all your subconscious activities…Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.” Joseph H. Pilates (1883-1967) wrote this in his 1945 book , “Return to Life Through Contrology”. The fitness method of Contrology that he developed became what today we call Pilates.
Pilates is a fitness approach designed around the following principles:
Pilates encourages flexibility, mobility and lengthening of the spine. This is achieved by strengthening and stretching the deep musculature of the core: back, hips, pelvis, abdominals, gluten and hamstrings while also toning the rest of the body. With a strong core as the body’s foundation the rest of the body can move more efficiently and with less strain. One major goal of Pilates is to teach you how to better move your body to reduce the risk of injury in your daily life. Pilates is not just about the hour spent in the studio; it’s about taking what is learned in the studio and applying it to everyday movements. Additionally, focused attention to breathing helps not only to build greater lung capacity and endurance but it allows the mind to focus and relax and the body to move with ease.
Ideally, if performed correctly, every Pilates exercise should engage the whole body. Attention is placed on the feet as the body’s foundation all the way up to the crown of the head. Alignment, posture, and balance are key components in this head to toe method of fitness.
Pilates benefits people of all ages and body types and provides cross-training advantages for athletes.
“Contrology is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work. You will develop muscular power with corresponding endurance, ability to perform arduous duties, to play strenuous games, to walk, run or travel for long distances without undue body fatigue or mental strain…One of the major results of Contrology is gaining the mastery of your mind over the complete control of your body.” ~ Joseph H. Pilates
Who do I work with?
Anyone with a desire to learn Pilates! Pilates is for any body! But here are some of the types of people I teach:
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