Now Offering Mat Pilates Classes

$72 for a 6 week series

Tuesday 7pm (beginners)
Wednesday 8am (beginners)

Get ready to improve your posture and flexibility, strengthen your core, and increase your body awareness in each 6 week series for beginners through advanced. Classes are taught by one of our own physical therapists, Laura Neal, DPT. To reach Laura directly, email: [email protected]

Over 80 years ago Joseph Pilates developed a method of exercise and movement that has increased tremendously in popularity in the past two decades. It utilizes a whole body way of movement incorporating breath to improve mobility and strength across the entire body. The Pilates method is guided by three main movement principles: whole body health, whole body commitment, and breath. Pilates challenges both the mind and the body as a whole to create movement.

The benefits of this method are plentiful and include improvements in:

  • core strength
  • flexibility
  • coordination and balance
  • spine mobility
  • longer, leaner muscles
  • concentration
  • efficient breathing patterns
  • overall strength

Many methods of exercise within the fitness industry describe ‘core strength’ as a benefit to their program. However many people don’t have a complete understanding as to what that actually means. Our deepest core muscles provide stabilization to our spine and consist of 4 distinct muscles including: transversus abdominis, multifidus, the diaphragm, and the pelvic floor. These create a cylinder of support for our torso that is often referred to as our hydraulic amplifier. Imagine the tightening of a corset and that is exactly the type of action these muscles produce. As we look more superficially at our torso, these are not our only core muscles. You will find another group of muscles that provide higher load stabilization and movement. These muscles include the rectus abdominis, external obliques, internal obliques and erector spinae. Coordination in recruiting ALL of these muscles provides proper stabilization of our spine and pelvis ultimately protecting us from injury. One of the wonderful benefits to Pilates is an improvement in the coordination of these muscles to help you prevent injury and also be more efficient in nearly every physical activity you do.

This method of movement allows for safe, non-destructive movement for nearly all body types and conditions when properly performed. The possibilities are endless in the ability to appropriately modify the exercises to ensure a safe yet challenging experience for all, from the less agile to the highly athletic.

Our mat Pilates classes will incorporate all of these principles and will be taught by one of our own physical therapists who completed her teacher certification with Polestar Pilates in 2012. As mentioned above, the classes will be offered once weekly in a six week series.

To achieve the highest accomplishments within the scope of our capabilities in all walks of life, we must constantly strive to acquire strong, healthy bodies and develop our minds to the limit of our ability.
– Joseph Pilates, Return to Life