Joseph Pilates (pronounced Puh-LAH-teez) developed the Pilates Method over 70 years ago. This method can be effective for individuals at almost all levels of physical ability and involves integration of movement patterns, breathing, and self-awareness. Pilates dramatically improves flexibility, strength, coordination and posture by creating body awareness from your "core." It creates a body that is long and lean. The workout is both relaxing and revitalizing.
WHICH APPROACH TO PILATES EXERCISE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
Pilates-based exercise through the Center for Body Awareness can be experienced through several approaches including private (one-on-one) sessions; duo sessions; semi-private studio sessions; or group mat class.
Private Sessions are one-on-one personal training sessions designed to meet the specific physical fitness needs of the individual client. An initial fitness assessment is completed with identification of problem areas. Sessions include use of the Pilates studio equipment in addition to instruction in a home program. Goals and programming are determined based on the client's desired progress toward improving the problem areas identified.
Duo Sessions are designed for work-out partners that would like to experience the Pilates studio and enjoy the social aspects of working out together. As with the private sessions, the clients will receive a combination of exercise on the equipment as well as mat work. Duo sessions place greater emphasis on the mat exercise and involve a lesser degree of specific custom programming as compared to the private sessions. It is beneficial but not essential that partners have a similar degree of experience with the Pilates approach and/or comparable levels of general fitness.
Semi-Private Studio Classes are offered at the Pilates Fitness Studio and involve an intimate, small group atmosphere. Studio Classes allow participants to receive Mat class instruction in combination with use of small apparatus and limited use of the Pilates Equipment. This class offers the "best of both world" for individuals desiring some exposure to the use of the equipment while also receiving Mat Class instruction.
Group Mat Classes are offered for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Group mat classes involve a series of synchronized movements performed from various positions on the floor. Beginning classes are offered as a progressive series and attending the intro class is required for participation. Group mat class is the least customized way to experience Pilates-based exercise and allows for limited individual attention. The beginning class is recommended for all individuals who have not previously experienced Pilates-based exercise.