Pilates Exercise

Pilates - fitness for the future, born of a century - old philosophy.

The Pilates method of exercise focuses on building a healthy, injury-free body by encouraging controlled and concentrated movement. It centers the body with breathing awareness while maintaining a dynamic flow (dynamic spinal stabilization).

A truly unique approach, developed by German-born Joseph Pilates, this method uses the abdominals, lower back, and hips as the body’s “power center” to improve strength, flexibility, posture, balance, and muscular symmetry. By combining a series of controlled movements with spring resistant apparatus’ and mat exercises, a strengthened, toned body without the bulky muscles associated with weight lifting will result.

 

Do you want better control of your body, both mentally and physically?

 

Pilates focuses on using the body as a whole, not dividing it into separate parts. It improves strength, flexibility, balance, control and muscular symmetry. The series of rhythmic exercises promote elongated and toned muscle, and are noted for turning the abdominal, lower back and hips into the body's power center. Pilates exercise should be done three times a week for the best results, and is done in two ways. One way is exercise with spring resistant machines. The other is the mat work which is a series of floor exercises designed to use the body's power center or "powerhouse". The routine requires one to perform various exercises with a limited number of repetitions while making a smooth transition from one move into the next.

Much more than a one-size-fits-all workout

One of the biggest benefits of Pilates is that exercises are personalized to each individual and performed either one-on-one or in small, closely supervised groups. Our Pilates instructors must complete extensive training that includes knowledge of basic anatomy and 450 hours of apprenticeship. As a result, they’re uniquely qualified to teach athletes, and performers, as well as injured patients.

 

Pilates has been getting great results for some of the world’s leading athletes and performers — from Martha Graham and George Balanchine in the 1940s to Kristi Yamaguchi, Martina Navratalova, Uma Thurman and Madonna in the new millennium. Pilates is more than just a fitness craze. It’s a proven exercise philosophy dating back to the beginning of this century.

The Best Pilates in the Country

Our centers are unique because we teach the authentic form of Pilates as it was introduced over 85 years ago. We have preserved its effectiveness and authenticity. Not only do we offer Pilates for rehabilitation and fitness, but Melinda Bryan is also founder and director of one of the most recognized international Pilates certification programs and the very first one online. She received her training and certification from the world’s best. Since 1992, our comprehensive program has produced some of today’s finest instructors.

Pilates & Pregnancy

“Almost any form of exercise is safe if it is done with caution and if you don’t do too much of it…..With its focus on healthy breathing and improving flexibility, a Pilates exercise program is a good way to improve posture and build muscle strength.” (Your Pregnancy and Birth, 4th Edition, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2005).

Melinda Bryan’s Pilates Pregnancy Videos – Commentary By Melinda Bryan

Over the last fifteen years, I have worked very closely to develop fitness and rehabilitation programs for many of my pregnant clients.  In most cases, Pilates has been my # 1 choice of exercise, taking clients through their prenatal and postpartum periods. I have used these same programs in all three of my own pregnancies and have included the most important and effective exercises in my Pilates for Pregnancy & Pilates After Pregnancy videos.  I am sure you will find the programs easy to follow and most importantly, safe.

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