Pilates is a form of exercise that emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility and mindfulness.
The Pilates method generally uses gentle resistance exercises blending strength and flexibility. This approach leads to improved postural preferences in activities of daily living, thus preventing pain and stiffness.
Rather than requiring many repetitions of each exercise, the Pilates system endorses fewer, more precise movements that require proper control and form. Because your mind must engage with your body to perform the movements correctly, you experience a new awareness of muscle function and control.
What if you are new to the Pilates World?
We have many ways to get you acquainted with Pilates in a safe and non-competitive environment.
If you are a patient, you will have had experience with the Reformer or the Cadillac during your physical therapy session, so you will be able to feel comfortable on the equipment. As for the language, Kristie uses the same verbal cues in class as she does during a physical therapy session so the transition can be easier.
If you have not been a patient at Pinnacle, then the best bet is to schedule a private or semi-private Pilates session. Generally, one session is all you need to get started.
When you decide to schedule your classes, note that the mid day classes are designed for more of the beginner student while the early and late classes are really mixed. Since there are only 6 reformers, Kristie can individualize the exercises for each student if needed.
See the Pinnacle Pilates schedule here.
Many of Pinnacle’s patients find working on the Pilates equipment to be fun. The equipment is designed to assist movement, so there is time to figure out and learn what muscles should be part of the equation.
One of our patients with physical and mental delays was referred to physical therapy because of hip pain. After the evaluation, the physical therapist felt it would be good to get the patient moving out of his painful and compensated patterns by using the Pilates reformer. The first time that he pressed against the footbar to do a “weight lifter’s squat” lying on his back, he just smiled and smiled. He was finally doing something that an athlete would do to make the hip stronger, instead of just “lifting his leg.” The reformer actually reformed his attitude because it made therapy fun.
Restorative Reformer Pilates Classes
This level of reformer class helps students and patients access the weak or illusive areas of the body to build core strength, shoulder girdle strength and pelvic girdle strength. The specially designed class, limited to six students, is taught by a physical therapist trained in Polestar Pilates and Postural Restoration.
The class moves at a slightly slower pace and is perfect for those either recovering or wanting to prevent the re-occurrence of an injury. Prior experience with a Pilates reformer is recommended.
Traditional Reformer Pilates Classes
This class relies on a series of slow, precise movements to create a no-impact exercise routine to build strength, flexibility, endurance and coordination. Not only is Pilates is safe, but it helps to “strengthen as you lengthen” your major muscle groups.
Created in the 1920s by Joseph Pilates, this technique can change the way your body looks, works and feels. Who wouldn’t mind a tight abdomen, slender thighs and better posture?
Private and Semi-Private Pilates Sessions
Whenever you work one-on-one with a Pilates-trained physical therapist or a certified Pilates instructor, you will be amply rewarded by the extra personalized attention you receive. In these private and semi-private sessions, you will be personally introduced to Pilates using the equipment designed by Joseph Pilates himself: the spine corrector, the chair, and the Cadillac.
As Mr. Pilates said, “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.”
See the Pinnacle Pilates schedule here.