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When beginning a new activity it is useful to identify your goals. Practicing Pilates once a week will be a nice complement to daily activities helping to reduce stress and bringing tone to muscles.
Practicing twice a week will bring deeper integration of the core principles and start to change your posture and movement patterns.
Practicing with a private trainer and/or attending 3-4 classes a week, can have a transformative affect on the way you feel, move and look.
Excellent posture is something we all desire, and it seems illusive in modern office culture. But, there is hope. *Remember, the taller you stand with great posture, the thinner and longer you’ll appear.*
Pilates is designed to strengthen, stretch and align. First you will strengthen the abdominals and muscles around the spine, giving your spine the support it has been craving.
Then you will stretch the shoulders, chest and upper back, opening the shoulders that so often roll forward, finding space through the chest, and mobilizing the often frozen thoracic spine.
Stretching and Strengthening the muscles around the hips will create freedom of movement and can reduce back pain as well as allow you better access to your core muscles.
Pilates teaches your body to stand in a healthy alignment, using your new mobility and strength to feel supported in great posture.
Alignment / Strength / Flexibility / Shape & Tone / Endurance / Stress Relief
Pilates is a system of toning, that incorporates some cardiovascular exercise, and should be compared to strength training. It can raise your heart rate and show you muscles you didn’t know you had.
Pilates can change the shape of your body. It is not uncommon for clients to drop a dress size, even if their weight is the same on a scale. If you want to lose pounds, you must also address your diet & food choices.
We highly recommend incorporating a sound cardiovascular training program in addition to Pilates.
Beach Pilates offers cardio classes in our spin/indoor cycling classes, as well as our Cardio Pilates, bootybarre®, Reformer Jumpboard and Sauna Spin classes.
Pilates will reshape and lengthen muscles to create a more streamlined, leaner appearance. People find that their clothes fit differently as Pilates tones areas such as their mid section and hips.
So, why did your chiropractor send you to Pilates? Because it works! A strong body holds adjustments. A weak body will not hold an adjustment.
We work closely with chiropractors, massage therapists and physiotherapists. Together we have greatly reduced or eliminated the lumbar back pain, shoulder pain and hip, leg and foot discomfort in many clients.
A common complaint of the modern office culture is neck & shoulder pain, or excessive shoulder tightness. All of these conditions can be repaired or greatly improved through stretching and gentle strengthening exercises of the neck and upper back.
Joseph Pilates said that In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 you’ll see the difference, and in 30 you’ll have a new body…but you will feel better after your first class.
Many people report a feeling of lightness and ease, as if the body has just gone in for a tune up. With regular practice once or twice a week you will see & feel clear benefits in two-three weeks.
If you are dealing with a chronic or ongoing condition you will need your doctor’s approval to start a Pilates program.
Please contact the studio to discuss to find out how Pilates can benefit your situation.
Pilates is a form of movement exercise that can be modified for almost any body. A Private session or a group of Private Sessions may be the best choice for starting your Pilates journey.
This will allow the instructor to assess and monitor your movement patterns and make important adjustments that are specific to you and your body. You can carry this valuable information onwards with you when you are ready to move into group classes.
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing that sits close to the body, and allows a full range of motion, so that your instructor can better assess your alignment and movement patterns.
Loose fitting activewear is fine for both men and women, but we suggest avoiding attire that is too loose, flowy and drapey. Baggy and too loose is a problem as it can be too revealing.
We suggest avoiding jewelry and scents. Cell phones must be on silent.
Keep jewelry to a minimum as it can be distracting and it can damage equipment by scratching or tearing upholstery (mats, reformer carriage, cadillac bed etc.)
Scents – as a courtesy to others, please refrain from wearing too much or strong scents while at the studio.
Cell phone usage: As a courtesy to your instructor and the other participants, put your cell phone on Silent mode or Turn Off completely when entering the studio.