What is Pilates?
Pilates is a method of exercise and controlled movement designed to stretch, strengthen and balance the body. Joseph H. Pilates, a German-born athlete, developed his concepts in the early 1900’s after 20 years of self-study and apprenticeship in yoga, gymnastics, and Roman and Greek conditioning/fitness programs. His innovative approach combines Eastern and Western philosophies of mental and physical harmony.
Pilates is based on six main principles:
Concentration: Connecting the body and the mind
Centering: Initiating exercises with contraction of the deep abdominal muscles
Control: Being in control of every aspect of each movement
Precision: Striving to produce exact movements every time
Fluidity: Smooth, flowing movements
Breathing: Breathing fully and efficiently
How can Pilates help?
Pilates is effective for people recovering from surgery or an injury, and for anyone interested in attaining a high level of strength, balance, clarity and ease of motion that Pilates offers.
When practiced faithfully, Pilates yields numerous benefits. The focused breathing alone helps increase lung capacity and improve circulation. You will naturally develop a deeper appreciation for the way your body was designed to move. You will be stronger, with better balance and posture. As posture improves, so does confidence.
How do I get started?
To learn the basic principles of Pilates requires a few private sessions to develop a program based on your individual challenges and goals. A home exercise program will complement the Pilates Reformer machine to help you continue independently. You may also join a Pilates class once you master the basics, which we offer at different levels.
How is Pilates different at ALTA?
The Pilates Studio at ALTA is owned and operated by licensed physical therapists- medical professionals who are recognized movement and exercise specialists. Our instructors are either physical therapists or certified professionals, trained in both fitness and rehabilitative Pilates. Both our private sessions and classes are open to everyone in the community.
For physical therapy patients, ALTA has a team approach to treatment, and it is a key to our success. For example, if a patient is receiving physical therapy treatment sessions, he/she can benefit by doing Pilates concurrently to speed the healing process. After physical therapy is no longer needed, Pilates helps maintain one’s goals.
To see our current schedule click Pilates Class Schedule