What To Expect In A Session
Walking into a Pilates studio for the first time can be daunting. A quick glance around will reveal a variety of odd-looking apparatus, but you may wonder how your body could actually engage with them.
Whether on the apparatus or the floor, your instructor will prompt you to concentrate on finding and engaging your core muscles, on your breath, the contraction of your muscles, and the quality (not quantity) of your movements. These are the key elements of Pilates, and your instructor will emphasize them at every session. The objective is a coordination of mind, body, and spirit, something Joseph Pilates called “contrology.”
When you dress for a Pilates workout,first, make sure your clothes ‘give’ enough to let you move and stretch fully. Your instructor will need to be able to see your body well enough to see the alignment of your bones and how your muscles are engaging – so while loose is OK, baggy is not. You will not need footwear in the studio although for hygiene and gripping on the apparatus we do suggest TOESOX that can be purchased at the studio. However, Pilates can be done barefoot.
Joseph Pilates accompanied his method with a variety of equipment, for which he used the term “apparatus.” Each apparatus was designed to help accelerate the process of stretching, strengthening, body alignment and increased core strength started by the mat work. The best-known and most popular apparatus today, the Reformer, was originally called the Universal Reformer, aptly named for “universally reforming the body.”
Our beautiful studio space is fully equipped with Professional grade Stott Pilates Reformers, Cadillac , Stability Chairs and Ladder Barrel to accommodate a variety of Pilates classes, workshops and bodywork.
What you learn on one Pilates’ apparatus you can perform on all of the Pilates’ apparatus. There are essentially four planes of movement; flexion, extension, lateral flexion, spinal rotation. Movement can incorporate a combination of moving in different planes.