Info for New Students
NEW TO PILATES?
Worry not! We were all new once too!
We’ve been where you are, and taking that first step was the best decision we could have made. Pilates is a fantastic way to keep the body strong and lean, all while supporting increased energy, posture, and joint-health. Here’s what you need to know to start off on the right foot!
Is Pilates for me?
Absolutely! Pilates is a safe, sane and supremely smart way to transform and align your body. It can ease back pain and tone trouble spots. While it is certainly challenging, it is designed for everyone, no matter your age, ability or body type. We work with everyone, from the completely sedentary and seriously injured, to professional athletes. We offer small class sizes and private sessions.
To begin to see meaningful results, we recommend that you train 2-3 times a week. With this frequency you feel and start to see results in about a month. Your posture will improve and you’ll feel simultaneously more grounded and energized. Not too shabby!
The First Step
To get started, register for one of our PHC Basics classes. We offer this both in studio and virtually.
Attending our PHC Basics class as your first class is a requirement if you have never done Pilates on the Reformer before.
To Get Started!
What is Pilates?
Pilates is an innovative system of mind-body exercise evolved from the principles of Joseph Pilates.
Pilates dramatically transforms the way your body looks, feels and performs. It builds strength without excess bulk, creating a sleek, toned body with slender thighs and a toned abdomen. It teaches body awareness, good posture and easy, graceful movement. Pilates improves flexibility, agility and economy of motion. It can even help alleviate back pain. Professional dancers have known the benefits of Pilates for decades. Top athletes use it for strength, flexibility, and injury prevention. Hollywood celebrities and supermodels use it to maintain beautiful physiques.
Pilates is an excellent way to rehabilitate injuries and conditions including; back pain, all kinds of disc dysfunction, neck issues, knee injuries, knee instability and pain, hip injuries, hip replacements, ankle instability, frozen shoulder, shoulder impingement, rotator cuff issues, scoliosis, kyphosis, lordosis, SI joint problems, RSI, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and more!
What Are the Benefits of Pilates?
- Builds strength without “bulking up” – gain long, lean muscles and flexibility
- Develops a strong core – toned abdominals and a strong back
- Creates an evenly conditioned body
- Learn efficient patterns of motion
- Increased bone density
- Improves posture and spinal alignment
- Injury prevention and rehabilitation
Pilates for Athletes
Pilates is an integral part of many athletic programs for cross training purposes. Why is that? Athletes put a lot of stress on their bodies by repetitively tightening and shortening muscles which often leads to dysfunction and pain in hips, knees, low back, and feet. Pilates lengthens and strengthens all muscle groups, especially those used repeatedly in sports. Mobility in the body is key for healthy athletic performance & function and Pilates is an integral tool for athletes.
Pilates for Pregnant and Postpartum Women
Pilates is a safe and effective exercise program for women throughout their pregnancy and quickly after the delivery of baby. We have trained women until hours before childbirth! Focusing on lengthening and strengthening muscles does not have to stop during a pregnancy. Pilates can be very gentle or more advanced for the seasoned Pilates student. Keeping the pelvic floor muscles strong and breathing deeply are both invaluable during pregnancy. In our experience, women who do Pilates during their pregnancy feel better (no back pain!), deliver faster, and experience a faster recovery. Many of our students are back in the studio a few weeks after the baby arrives.
Pilates for Injuries, Scoliosis
Many Pilates instructors began Pilates from a place of injury. Because Pilates is a slow, carefully controlled form of building strength and flexibility, it is perfectly designed for the injured body, and many of us are living with these issues. Pilates works to build symmetry, something that can be a challenge in all bodies but is particularly noticeable in a person with scoliosis or an injury. Pilates can help relieve pain and rebuild the body from the inside out. We have see great success with clients with bulging discs, fused discs, other spinal surgeries, spondylosis, arthritis, scoliosis (minor to major C and S curvatures), chronic fatigue, knee replacement, hip replacement, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff and many other rehabilitative situations. Most medical and physical therapists recommend Pilates as a rehab protocol.
Pilates for Seniors and Desk Workers
Movement is such an amazing and necessary part of life. As we age, things get sticky, tighter, crunchy. Our ability to balance declines. Our society sits, a lot. A day at work results in our backs being humped over, hamstrings tight and shoulders up by our ears. Our lower back aches. If we don’t have flexibility combined with strength, things are going to hurt. Pilates is all about flexibility while working on balance and strength. Those concepts are synthesized in every session. It’s never to late to try something new, especially when that novelty can deliver freedom and relief.