Pilates – What to Expect
What is the Pilates Method?
Pioneered by German physical trainer Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s, Pilates is a mind-body discipline comprised of more than 500 exercises performed on a mat or specialized studio equipment.
Believing that "physical perfection is each person's birthright," Pilates developed methods that combine precise, dynamic movements with controlled breathing to build strength and flexibility, maintain muscle tone, and create a longer, leaner, more graceful form.
The Purpose of Pilates
Pilates strengthens and tones muscles without adding bulk, helping to create a long, lean appearance. Pilates also helps you become fully acquainted with your body, incorporating proper breathing techniques, resulting in relaxed movements and the greatest physical results.
What to Expect from Pilates
With its fusion of strength, flexibility, and neuromuscular training, Pilates teaches physical awareness, fosters mind-body connection, and improves posture. The abdominals, low back and buttocks act as the "powerhouse" and conditioning these areas is paramount.
A major premise of Pilates is bringing balance to the body, so Pilates routines emphasize movement in various positions that echo daily tasks, such as sitting and lying on your back, stomach, and side.
Make a Commitment!
Pilates asks for more than an occasional visit to the studio – it requires commitment. To achieve the most benefits, Pilates instructors recommend three-to-six sessions per week, depending upon the length of time spent. Individuals who are dedicated to long-term goals will find Pilates the most rewarding.
The Pilates 10-20-30 Rule
Generally, we require a minimum of 3 equipment sessions at Synergy to join a semi-private, but this is based on the individual, where they are in their body, and their practice.
Your teacher can help you determine if you are ready, and which groups are most appropriate for you. If you have the experience, but have not worked on the equipment in a while, schedule a Refresher private ($50) to brush up and assess next steps. For full details, check out the class descriptions on our online schedule.
Semi-Private sessions are limited to 4 people and provide an economical way for students to enjoy our classical Pilates equipment.
These sessions meet at set times, like our mat classes, and prerequisites apply. Advance sign-up is required. The cancellation policy applies. Package pricing is available.