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About Pilates

What is Pilates?
Developed by Joseph H. Pilates in the 1920s, Pilates is a method of exercise that emphasizes strength, stretch and control equally in the entire body. Pilates was developed on the foundational belief that the body repairs and strengthens itself through movement.

Why is there so much emphasis on the “core”?
An effective Pilates workout engages all muscles in the torso, such as the abdominals, obliques, and pelvic floor muscles, to name a few. As the strongest muscles in our body, the core is where all strength and movement originate. As the core muscles gain strength and flexibility, our bodies become less vulnerable to injuries.

Who benefits most from Pilates?
Everyone! Pilates benefits anyone who has a desire to improve their fitness, posture, coordination, balance, and overall health.

One of the best things about Pilates is that it benefits so many different people, from athletes and dancers to women rebounding from pregnancy and seniors. 

I’ve been taking Pilates for many years. What is different about Body in Balance Pilates Studio?
At Body in Balance, we provide clients with a customized program that addresses their distinct needs and goals.  We are committed to inspiring people of all abilities to develop strong, balanced, healthy bodies and minds through the Pilates Method.

Can Pilates cure me of my pain?
Pilates is not physical therapy, however, the focus on strength, flexibility, and control can lead to pain relief as many painful conditions in the body are caused by simple imbalances or stress. Pilates aims to correct these imbalances, thus lessening pain.

How often do I need to take Pilates to maintain good health and see results?
For those just starting Pilates, we recommend participating in a class or session two to three times per week. Within a month, you will feel stronger and have more energy. As strength, control, and flexibility increases, attending a session once per week is good for maintenance. We encourage our clients to combine sessions at the studio with mat work at home for optimal results.

What are the age limits for doing Pilates?
Children as young as 5 or 6 years old can do the mat work. The body should be more developed, and the bones hardened, before attempting work on the apparatus. People in their 90’s have started Pilates with surprising results.

What is the main difference between mat and Pilates equipment?
Pilates equipment was actually developed to help people gain the strength and flexibility needed to perform mat work. When properly executed, mat work is incredibly challenging and requires strength.

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