"Pilates 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." - Joseph H. Pilates
The Pilates Method is an approach in mind & body integration that was created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. The fundamental principles focus on balance, concentration, control, centered awareness, fluid movements, and breathe. Pilates enhances a core strength that increases flexibility, coordination and special awareness. The repertoire is performed as a mat class or on specialized equipment utilizing springs for resistance. Pilates engages the whole person, not just the muscles. For everybody from an athlete to mother, Pilates will develop and enhance stamina, posture, alignment & core strength for elite performance to everyday activities.
Pilates is different, because it is an entire bodyworkout. All the exercises are safe and designed to heal the body (or to challenge the body if you look at the advanced exercises).
Pilates brings your body back to a proper alignement and works from the inside out.
One difference is that Pilates uses a lot of machines which Yoga doesn’t use. You are performing exercises with the assistance or resistance of springs. They assist you or they make an exercise more difficult. Depending on the exercise.
Another main difference between Pilates and Yoga is that while Yoga requires moving from one static posture to the next without repetitions, Pilates flows through a series of movements that are more dynamic.
No! Anyone can start Pilates. At any level. I will meet you where you are. In fact, I acutally like it when clients just beginning their journey in Pilates. Then I can teach them the language of Pilates from the beginning.
Because Pilates is for EVERYBODY!!!
From teenagers to seniors, from post-surgery and rehabilitative clients to professional athletes and dancers. Everyone can benefit from Pilates. The exercises will be adjusted to your individual fitness level. Fact is: Pilates is good for everybody. Also fact is: not everybody likes it.
(just like veggies, we know veggies are good for us, for each and everybody. But not everyone likes to eat veggies)
YES please!!! Most people are not aware that Pilates is named after a man. It has been named after his founder Josef Hubertus Pilates and lots of his clients where men too. This should be proof enough that Pilates is NOT only for woman. Check it out! You gonna be surprised how challenging it is!
Of course ! Every exercise emphasises lengthening and strengthening all the muscles. I cannot change the genetic length of a muscle but I can make it as flexible as nature intended. The beauty of Pilates is that as you stretch the muscles you also work them bringing them into balance.
Unfortunately not. Because of the fact that Pilates is really “trendy” in these days, lots of different schools/organisations came up and offering Pilates certifications. Lots of them are only “Pilates based” (which means it INCLUDES Pilates, but has been mixed up with other exercises – often the healing and mainconcept behind the exercises is getting lost with these kinds of Pilates).
It is no problem to get Pilates certified only after a week-ends-workshop.
Note: A good qualified instructor studied at least 600 hours of observation, self-practice and written examen. Rather more.
This depends on your time and your budget. But Pilates itself is safe enough to practise every day. Fortunalely almost nobody has got the time or the money to do that.
Joseph Pilates said, "In 10 sessions you'll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you'll see the difference, and in 30 sessions you'll have a whole new body". Exact results may vary by individuals, but I am sure that you will notice the difference as you take more classes. If you tell me your specific goals in the beginning, I will be happy to assist you in achieving your goals.
Mat classes require you to support your own bodyweight which can be extremley challenging. Pilates equipment gives you a frame to work within that is often more helpful (specially for beginners) than mat but can be more challenging when springs are added or taken away. Working on the equipment can also target and tone specific areas of your body very efficiently.
Both are fantastic workouts and compliment each other. Mat is challenging because you are on your own and have to control and challenge your body with just that, your body and mind. Reformer is a great workout because you have the machine to support you and also the added weight with springs to really work on specific areas of your body and challenge it.
Doing both is the traditional way of practicing Pilates.
Feeling sore is very individual. Some people feel sore very quickly, others don’t. But in general you can say: Pilates is what you put into it!
Gyms and fitness clubs are great places to exercise in a variety of ways. They offer a large array of physical activities, including Pilates, which attract many people into their facility. You can acquire a general physical knowledge of several kinds of exercise and enjoy doing this. Nothing in the world is wrong about going to the "gym".
However, to really learn, and discover all the benefits of The Pilates Method, it must be done in a totally dedicated fully equipped Pilates Studio. The Pilates Instructor must be a Pilates professional. Certified in the total Pilates curriculum. Pilates is a method of total physical fitness developed by Joseph Hubertus Pilates over 100 years ago. It can't be learned in only one weekend of training or just on the mat.
Choosing where you practice Pilates can be a difficult and confusing decision as there are many options out there. I pride myself on being specialist in my field because I only offer Pilates and therefore my full focus is on delivering this at the highest possible level.
First, you should choose a place where all instructors have got a Pilates specific, accredited qualification so don't be afraid to ask.
Secondly, check out the class times available to see whether you’ll be able to fit regular classes into your life.
Thirdly, take a look at the facilities and equipment that is being used. I only use premium Pilates equipment and apparatus which undergoes constant upkeep and maintenance.
Because it works
Wear comfortable clothes but not too baggy. Your Instructor should be able to see bony landmarks like knees, ankles, hipbones, ellbows and wrists. Proper alignment is the key to learn and perform the exercises correctlely and get the best benefits out of it. Socks or barefoot please.
Yes it it. But please get the OK from your doctor first AND make sure you contact a very well educated Instructor experienced with pregnant women. Exercises need to be adjusted for pregnant woman. I am proudly offering specific classes for pregnant woman. As a mother of three kids, I practiced myself Pilates during all my pregnancies, I never suffered from backaches! Speak to me regarding your pregnancy workout and we work out a individual trainingprogram. Just for your specific needs!
NO it won’t. Pilates strengthen and tones your muscles, but it will not make you bulky at all.
If you have a good educated and professional teacher: ABSOLUTLEY!
One of the main focuses and benefits of Pilates is to strengthen the core muscles which supports the spine and get rid of back problems aswell as neck, knee and hip sores.
In fact it is acutally not. A Pilates Instructors often studies many years. We learn more than just a series of moves. We need to be capable to assess the students body and posture, have to know how to adapt exercises for each individual body condition. We invested hours to study the technique, learn the philosophy and theory behind each movement. We have to tune our own teaching skills and have to pass written and practical exam. All of that is necessary to make sure we can teach Pilates SAFE and the way it was meant to be.
Then we teach you more than JUST exercises. You gonna take this knowledge with you into your daily life. Better posture, better body awareness, better balance, better flexibility... all of that will help you to prevent injuries. Doctors and medicine is expensive these days. In fact more expensive than personal training!
No! Everything is supplied in the studio, so all you need to bring to class is yourself and a smile.
(and the will to move!)
To grow the studio, I’m always on the lookout for a new instructor. A suitable instructor:
- has at least a basic classical (or similar) Pilates knowlegde
- is positive, enthusiastic, energetic
- is willing to work on saturdays and early evenings
- will work closely and regularly with me
- must be open to fair feedback
- has an appetite to continuously learn and improve
- Pilates must be your passion